By Bailey Beringer
Eighth grader Brendan Murphy started gaining an interest in sports when he was about 4 years old and has loved baseball ever since.
That love of baseball has pushed him to excel on the field and off while serving as a team leader for the Cougars this season.
“Murphy is one of those kids who is a leader, which is a good quality to have,” Coach Mark Boseck said. “(He) is a hard worker and wants to learn. (He) is always prompt and ready to go.”
Part of what Murphy likes about baseball, Murphy said, is the challenge.
“I have always liked it (baseball) more then any other sport and to me its the hardest, yet funnest out of them all,” said Brendan Murphy.
Brendan’s main role is starting pitcher for the Cougars, but he also plays shortstop, third base, and outfield. During drills, Murphy is always one to step up and help his teammates in need. Murphy strives to be influential and successful on and off the field; he is a hard worker and always applies himself.
“Well since I play for the school, I have to keep my grades up, so that helps me with my schooling,” said Murphy. “I have learned from baseball that no matter what you do, if you mess up, don’t hang your head. Just get right back up and keep trying. You learn from your mistakes and it makes you better at what you do.”
Murphy has been the top pitcher and one of the team’s best hitters this season, but Murphy and his coach both know that baseball is a team game.
“It takes more than one person to have success as a team,” said Boseck. “We are (winning) because we work hard has a team. (We) need to continue the hard work and stay on course and in the end we will have success.”