What are your plans for the summer?

Brandon Murray’s schedule has been full since the end of the Hobart baseball season.

He’s a member of the Region Storm travel team. And the past couple of weeks, he’s been displaying his pitching skills at a couple of high-level events.

Last week, Murray dazzled opponents with a blazing fastball in the Perfect Game National Showcase in Minneapolis. This weekend, he’s been in Cary, N.C., participating at USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars.

He’s one of 144 players at the event, which is part of the process of determining the 18U National team.

“It’s a great opportunity,” Murray said in a phone interview Thursday. “It’s a prestigious event. It’s an honor, to play for your country, to participate and compete for a spot on the national team to go overseas.

“… It’s fun. It’s a great opportunity, but it’s also a competition.”

Murray stood out among the competition during his junior year with the Brickies. The South Carolina recruit had a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA. In 582/3 innings, he struck out 111 batters (breaking a single-season school record that he set as a sophomore) while walking 37 batters. He also holds Hobart’s school record for career strikeouts.

Hobart’s season came to an end with a 1-0 loss to Crown Point in a LaPorte Sectional semifinal. Murray gave up one hit in the defeat.

“We went out there and played hard and battled to the end,” Murray said. “It ended up how it did, but we had a really good season. Next year, we’ll have a lot of guys coming back. It was good experience going out there as a team and playing hard and trying to win.”

Representatives from Perfect Game sent Murray an email about the invite-only showcase, which led to the chance to pitch at the former home of the Minnesota Twins.

“It’s really big,” Murray said of the Metrodome, which the Vikings call Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. “It’s really cool to think about, a former major league stadium, a beautiful facility. It was a great experience all the way around.”

Murray pitched the first two innings of a nine-inning game on June 13. With scouts in attendance, his fastball reportedly reached 98 miles per hour. Murray said his fastball sat around 93-95 miles per hour. His slider and changeup were also effective.

“It was a fun showcase for the short time I was there,” said Murray, who returned after pitching to join his travel team for a tournament. “It was a lot of talent. I had a really good showing.”

“… I felt I pitched pretty well that day. I just went out there, had fun and tried to pitch the best that I could.”

According to Baseball America, of the more than 300 players at the event, Murray was the only player from Indiana.

“It was pretty cool to try and represent the Midwest,” Murray said. “There were a lot of southern guys and guys from the West Coast. It was pretty cool being different, being a guy from the Midwest. There weren’t a lot of guys out there from this area.”

Murray said the showcase also served as an evaluation for the Perfect Game All-American Classic. He said he made the list for that event, which is in August at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

This week, Murray has had an eye on a representing the country and a possible overseas trip. The 144 participants at the Tournament of Stars are split into eight teams. Games began Wednesday and continue throughout the weekend.

Murray said 40 of players will be selected for the U18 U.S. Trials, which will be held in Los Angeles. That list will be trimmed again, and a final roster will represent the U.S. at the IBAF AAA/18U World Cut Aug. 30-Sept. 8 in Taiwan.

Murray had an impressive performance in his first outing on Thursday. He didn’t allow a hit or a run in 32/3 innings of relief work. He struck out one and walked one and was credited with the victory.

Murray will return to the mound on Sunday.

Later this summer, he also might play in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., and the East Coast Pro in Syracuse, N.Y.

It’s shaping up to be one productive summer. There’s plenty to write if he’s assigned a summer essay.