A pitcher from Van Buren helped the Diamond Hogs earn a spot in the College World Series. Brandon Moore will travel to Omaha with the team this week.
“He grew up starting at age two playing baseball,” said Debbie Moore, Brandon’s mom.
From t-ball to college athletics, Brandon now pitches for the team he grew up watching. “Hit lots of home runs in t-ball. We always thought he was gonna be a hitter,” said Debbie.
Brandon’s family watched Monday night’s game on television. “When we got the last out we were just in shock. You know we were just in awe. We were excited,” said Debbie.
Brandon started playing baseball at fields in Van Buren. He pitched for the high school and went on to play at the University of Arkansas.
Brandon’s brothers, Chase, also hopes to one day become a Hog. “I wanna be playing for the Razorbacks,” said Chase.
Brandon still takes time for family between workouts, practices, and games. “Usually when he comes home he takes me to the track and we run and we go to the tennis courts and play catch,” said Chase.
Brandon’s family is excited about their trip to the College World Series. “We’re all going. We’ll be leaving early Saturday morning,” said Debbie.
Brandon’s family hopes one day he will play in the big league World Series. “Our dream for him is to be able to move on and that’s what he wants, so we have our fingers crossed,” said Debbie.
The Diamond Hogs have several other Northwest Arkansas and River Valley natives on the team this year. Tim Carver is from Fayetteville. Chris Oliver is from Farmington. Tyler Spoon also played at Van Buren. Matt Vinson is from Alma.