by Tracy Yoder – Fastpitch Network
Moriah Polar dominates the plate as a “triple-threat slapper where a single is always a double,” according to her coach, Steve Jones, with Impact Gold National 16U in Pearland, Texas. She leads the team in on-base percentage (OBP) and stolen bases and “she covers ground like no other player I’ve seen – she has crazy range.”
“Not only is she over the top athletically gifted and has honed her skill set to be one of the best in the country; she is also one of the primary heartbeats of this team.” Polar is ranked as the No. 3 outfielder and tied for No. 27 overall in the 2023 class, according to Fastpitch Network.
Jones has coached Polar since she was 5-years old. He smiles as he remembers her out in the field with her little pink glove. She probably didn’t gracefully catch every ball that was hit to her back then – in fact Jones chuckles that she hardly caught a ball – but Jones loved her overall athleticism and how coachable and eager she was to learn. “What I saw was a kid that tracked the balls and a kid that was willing to do anything I asked.” Polar has been his lead-off hitter since she was 7-years old.