CRANFORD, NJ – Due to outstanding athletic performance, Brenna Dolan and Mike Murphy are Cranford High School’s Athletes of the Week.
Dolan, a senior on the varsity softball team, is set to play softball at Arcadia University this fall.
“My favorite thing about softball is the team camaraderie,” Dolan said. “I like to play the sport I love with my friends.”
Last week, Dolan pitched 14 innings with 28 strikeouts and batted .6000.
“I’m motivated by my love for the game and the feeling of winning,” she said. “I love to be competitive and confident. I look up to Derek Jeter. He’s just a great representation of what a good teammate is and what I aspire to be as a teammate.”
Murphy, a sophomore on the varsity baseball team, had two hits and scored the winning run in a 1-0 game against Westfield last week.
“I like the team camaraderie and having fun with my friends playing,” Murphy said. “I love baseball.”
He hopes to one day play in college, preferably at Louisiana State University.
“I look up to my dad and I like to have him be proud of me,” Murphy said. “That’s what my motivation is. I look up to Mike Trout [of the Los Angeles Angels] too, because he’s from New Jersey and he plays center field, and that’s what I play.”