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Vikings' Mousselli comes full circle

Posted: June 1, 2008 1:35 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2008 5:01 a.m.

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Robbie Mousselli, the 2007 All-Santa Clarita Baseball Player of the Year, has come full circle.

The outgoing and charismatic recent graduate looks back fondly on his last year of Vikings baseball.

Mousselli finished the season with a .398 batting average, drove in 25 runs on 33 hits and as the team's No.1 pitcher struck out 55 batters with a 2.785 ERA.

Mousselli said he had an all right season, but for him the most important thing this year was to have fun, and he did.

"A lot of what kept us going was we just didn't want it to end," he said. We had so much fun going out there and just playing our game. We are all like brothers out there and I never wanted to lose sight of what I was playing for which was just the fun of the game."

The Vikings proved naysayers wrong and accomplished more this season than ever expected.

Valencia finished No. 2 in the Foothill League and got as far as the quarterfinals in the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs, a first since 2004.

"No one expected us to even make it to playoffs," he said. "That alone was a huge inspiration for us just to do better and push us."

Mousselli said this year was a reality check in that being a senior, the responsibility to set a good example for younger players was significant.

"I had to step up and lead the team like the rest of the seniors do," he said. "We had to show the freshman just how to play the game and how we play here at Valencia."

Earlier in his high school career, baseball was his saving grace.

The one thing he could focus on that kept him out of trouble.

Reflecting back on the season, Mousselli said his biggest motivation this year was his teammates.

"I think honestly it was a little bit playing for ourselves and a little bit playing for the other seniors. We've been working on this for the past four years and we wanted to take it as far as we could."

And now, as he looks to take his game to the next level, Mousselli said baseball will always be an important determinant in his life.

"I'm just going to play and see how far it's going to take me," he said. "I would love to coach. Maybe even come back and coach at Valencia with all the guys that coached me. That would be a dream."


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