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Mahopac Senior Captain Brings Intensity to the Hill

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Brian Murray delivers against North Salem. Credits: Deena Bell
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Mahopac senior Brian Murray is a team captain and pitcher on the varsity baseball team.

How old were you when you started playing baseball and how did you get started?

I first started playing in my backyard with my dad when I was 2 years old. My first year in Mahopac I played MSA baseball at age 5.

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How would you describe yourself as a pitcher and what are your strengths on the mound?

When I am on the mound, I pitch with a lot of intensity. I always have a feel for what pitch I am going to throw next, depending on the situation. Hitting spots with my fastball and having a tight slider have been keys to my success.

As a senior captain, how much do you value being a team leader?

I like to lead by example at practice and during games. I know that by doing the right things, my teammates will likely do the same.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

The bus ride after a road win is always a lot of fun.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My parents, for sure. They have always taught me that hard work will pay off in the long run.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

I am a switch hitter.

Do you plan on continuing to play baseball in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

Yes, I will be playing at Maritime College next year. I chose this school because of the job opportunities after graduating and the tremendous coaching staff.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

Yes, I will be studying mechanical engineering. I have always been good at math and science, and prefer working with my hands.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

My favorite professional athlete is Marcus Stroman. The New York Yankees are my favorite pro team.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

I listen to everything from rap to country so I don’t really have a favorite.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

Super strength so that I can throw a baseball at least 150 mph.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Los Angeles to experience life on the West Coast and see all the major attractions.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Before a game I like to eat pasta.

Best place to eat in Mahopac and why?

I’d prefer my mom’s cooking over anything, but Blue Hen is good too. The team goes there a lot after we win.

Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?

Twitter because it keeps me updated on pro and local sports. 

For a young athlete growing up in Mahopac, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the baseball program and why should they go out for the team?

Being a part of the baseball team teaches you to be committed to a family outside of your own. The coaching staff loves the game of baseball and makes the program perfect for any serious ballplayers. You learn a lot about the sport and yourself. The competition is great and you’ll make lifelong friendships with the teammates you’ve been through it all with. Any young athlete should go out for the team because it is an experience of a lifetime to represent Mahopac baseball, as winning is an ongoing tradition.

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