“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to make it coming into the season. But then I had a few good pitching appearances in the preseason and I started to get confident.
“Coach (Dan) Grams called me in for a meeting and told me I had made the team as a pitcher. I was so happy I made it that I didn’t care what my role was.”
Murphy earned the closer role for the Golden Warriors, appearing in 10 games and notching a pair of saves, including one against rival Central Catholic. He then showed his versatility late in the season, taking over at catcher for the final three games of the season after an injury to regular backstop Brian Ganci.
“I go to a lot of the high school’s games and loved how versatile he was,” said Iarrobino. “He isn’t overpowering, but he had a good slider and changeup and was willing to play catcher, third base, outfield. He did anything asked of him.”
But it was when Legion season arrived that Murphy truly flourished, both as a pitcher and a hitter.
“I was pretty confident I was going to pitch,” he said. “But it wasn’t until the start that I knew I was going to be able to hit. I was nervous, but soon I got into the swing of things. But I didn’t expect this kind of success.”
Through Sunday he led Post 8 with a .396 average (21 for 53) and had struck out the fewest of any hitter in the order, batting first lower in the order before moving to the No. 2 spot and playing outfield, DH and serving as backup catcher.
On the mound, he had allowed just five hits and walked only five in 19 2/3 innings, while striking out a whopping 31. He had not pitched for the last two weeks because of a hip pointer.