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Murray delivers early for Pittsburg

James Murray pitches against Freed on March 16, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo
James Murray pitches against Freed on March 16, 2021. Gregory Moreland-Tuhn / Staff Photo

Pittsburg pitcher James Murray delivered in his first start of the season.

Part of a 10-1 victory over the Freedom Falcons in the Bay Valley Athletic League opener, Murray was an unstoppable presence on the mound, allowing just one hit and one walk on 48 pitches in four innings, also striking out five Falcons batters.

“Just getting the ball in the zone,” Murray said. “I feel like I was pumping on some guys, but for the most part I tried to pace myself. I probably could have gone more easily.”

What the victory and performance gave Murray was a ton of confidence going forward, as he is 2-0 on the mound and has not surrendered a run in nine innings. He has only allowed three hits, struck out 10 batters and walked two.

At the plate, Murray is batting .300 with a trio of RBI.

“I feel really confident,” Murray said. “I was surprised. Personally, I think they were good. Only a few contacts, so looking forward to the season. Hopefully I get similar results.”

But this was something Murray has done for much of his baseball career – one that began more than a decade ago when he was 5 years old.

Murray, who used to play basketball, football and soccer in addition to baseball, dropped all those other sports. He was going for it on the diamond.

Which ended up working out. More than working out.

The Pirates ace is committed to Williams College, a liberal arts school in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

“It’s more of an academic school, liberal arts,” Murray said. “Used baseball to get to college for recruiting.”

Murray credits his work ethic and love for the game that pushed him to this point and drives him each day.

“Just hard work I guess,” Murray said. “I don’t know. I just do it. It’s my passion. Just want to be good at it.”

With some teammates banged up, Murray wants to continue gaining more momentum on the mound to help his Pirates squad even more.

And he wants to garner some more victories.

“For me, I just want to keep going on the mound,” Murray said. “I have to go farther into games because our pitching is, we have a few injuries, so just eat up more innings and help the team the most. As a team, we’re trying to win.”

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