Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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July 31, 2012

Murphy goes from cut to starring on mound and at pla te

Murphy goes from cut to starring on mound and at plate

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“I know I’m not an overpowering pitcher,” said the 5-foot-11, 150-pounder. “I throw a fastball in the low 80’s, a slider and a curve. I throw a lot of strike, and I release the ball from behind my head so it is hard for batters to pick up.”

But his most memorable outing was his 9 2/3 inning relief outing in which he retired 28 of the 30 batters he faced and struck out 16.

“We definitely were not expecting this from him,” said Iarrobino. “But he has been unbelievable. He is a great team player, a great contact hitter and wants to be out there. If he gets stronger, he can be a very good college player.”

Murphy will next refine his skills in a postgrad year at the Pomfret School, and is already in discussion with Division 2 and 3 colleges about 2014 and beyond.

“I am so happy to be out here doing well,” he said. “I definitely want to play in college. I never wanted to give up on the sport.”

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David Willis is a sportswriter/videographer for The Andover Townsman.

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