Baseball: Murphy, Smith earn spots on 3A All-State First Team
Truckee baseball players J.R. Murphy and Nik Smith have been named to the 2004 3A All-State First Team, while Jimmy Williams received an Honorable Mention.
It is no surprise that a pitcher who shattered the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association single-season and career strikeout record and a .415 hitter would be recognized in their senior years.
Murphy, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, was honored as a First Team pitcher. He mowed down the competition in 2004 on his way to 154 strikeouts, 18 better than the previous single-season record set in 1999 by Cimarron-Memorial’s Mike Esposito (136). Murphy’s arsenal consists of a strong fastball, slider and changeup, and his 301 strikeouts over a three-year varsity career are also an NIAA record (the old record was held by Laughlin’s Matt Morgan who posted 262 strikeouts from 1999-2002).
Murphy finishes his Truckee baseball career seventh on the NIAA career wins list with 21. His 12 wins in 2004 is second on the NIAA single-season list. On April 24 at Rite of Passage, Murphy posted 18 strikeouts in a single game, one short of the NIAA record held by North Tahoe’s Shawn Price in 1986.
Smith hit .415 and led the Wolverines in doubles (14) and on-base percentage (.515). His 27 RBIs was second on the team behind Murphy, who had 34. Smith hit two home runs.
Although Smith made the First Team as an outfielder, he was responsible for a historic win on April 6 versus Manogue on the pitcher’s mound. Smith gave up only two hits in six innings against Manogue, handing the Miners their first regular season loss to a Northern 3A team in seven seasons ” a streak of 91 games.
Murphy will play for Yavapai College in Arizona next year, and Smith has signed a letter of intent to play for Monterey Peninsula College in California.
Truckee third baseman and pitcher Jimmy Williams, a junior, earned Honorable Mention honors. Williams hit .307 and had two homers and 17 RBIs.
2004 3A ALL-STATE TEAM
MVP ” Matt Bowman Dayton
Pitchers ” Joe Rush, Boulder City; Manny McElroy, Manogue; J.R. Murphy, Truckee
Catcher ” Jimmy Allen, Virgin Valley
First Base ” Jesse Brown, North Tahoe
Second Base ” Matt Pagni, Manogue
Third Base ” J.P. Todd, Manogue
Shortstop ” Matt Bowman, Dayton
Outfielders ” Jesse Oliver, Boulder City; Tyler Bletsch, Boulder City; Glenn DeWesse, Manogue
Utility ” Dustin Wittwer, Virgin Valley
DH ” Zach Kearns, Boulder City
Pitchers ” Gavin Oswley, Lowry; Justin Hughes, Virgin Valley; Robert Lane, North Tahoe
Catcher ” Tim Torres, Dayton
First Base ” Brian Finalyson, Moapa Valley
Second Base ” Kyle Neva, Virgin Valley
Third Base ” Jason Harries, Boulder City
Shortstop ” Andy Lujan, Manogue
Outfielders ” Richard Wilson, Virgin Valley; Robert Harmon, Lowry; Nik Smith, Truckee
Utility ” Dusty Wynn, Virgin Valley
DH ” Jake Matheny, Lowry
Jimmy Williams, Truckee
Drew Olivero, Manogue
T.R. Plummer, Boulder City
Kyle Schuergen, Pahrump Valley
Ryan Holtz, Pahrump Valley
Mike Palm, Boulder City
Justin Armour, Boulder City
Adam Diament, Dayton
Tony Seldon, Fernley
Casey Skog, Dayton
Nick Manguso, Manogue
Tim Reeder, Fernley
Dominic Quilici, Manogue
J.D. Judd, Spring Creek
Brian Shea, Boulder City
Tyler Thurston, Virgin Valley
Luis Banuelos, Pahrump Valley
Anthony Banuelos, Pahrump Valley
Travish Tichenor, Virgin Valley
Shane Goodale, Lowry