Baseball: Brandon Murray sets Hobart strikeouts record in win
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 May 7, 2013 11:40AM
Hobart's Brandon Murray pitches in the sixth inning against Lowell at Lowell High School Tuesday afternoon. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 7, 2013 1:28PM
LOWELL — Tyrus Joseforsky was in a bit of a slump.
So before the Hobart hitter came to bat with the bases loaded in the fourth inning Tuesday against Lowell, he reminded himself of a simple approach.
“I thought to myself in the dugout, I’m just going to take it back to the basics here and try to go to right field,” Joseforsky later said.
Joseforsky did just that, clearing the bases with a double. He finished with five RBI, which was plenty of support for Brandon Murray in a 7-1 victory.
Murray was masterful, surrendering just three hits while striking out 12 Red Devils to set a school record for career strikeouts. He has 220 career strikeouts, one more than Dan Zanolla (1986-89).
“We ended up getting runs and I had to keep holding them down. My stuff was working,” Murray said. “My slider wasn’t too hot at first. I wasn’t locating as well as I would have liked, but my fastball was spotting well. Once I got both of my pitches working, mixing in a change-up here and there, I finished pretty strong.”
Pretty strong? Murray struck out eight of the final nine batters.
Myles Siedentopf pitched well in defeat. He gave up five runs, one earned, on seven hits in five innings.
“He did what he was supposed to do, he let them put the ball in play. A couple of times we couldn’t pick the ball up and that kind of cost us,” Lowell (3-9, 2-8) coach Bobby Wong said. “When you are facing a kid like Murray, you can’t give them four runs.”
The four came in the fourth.
Tyler Kenjic had an infield hit to knock in Drey Devereaux with the first run of the game. Later in the inning, Joseforsky cleared the bases with his double. He knocked in two more runs in the sixth inning with another double.
Waddell and Devereaux also had two hits.
Murray did the rest. He gave up a single in the first inning and two hits — including a home run to Siedentopf — in the fourth. He got stronger as the game wore on.
“Excellent effort from him,” Hobart (12-6, 6-2) coach Bob Glover Jr. said. “With him, one of the keys is going to be limiting the pitches in the first couple of innings.”
“He had a couple of innings where he was just pounding the strike zone and he pitched to contact and got some outs that way. When he limits his walks, he doesn’t lose.”
Murray didn’t surrender a walk.
“When we see that from him,” Glover said, “we know it’s going to be a good day.”
One with a record thrown in as well.