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Baseball: Murphy, Smith earn spots on 3A All-State First Team

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Josh Miller/Sierra SunMurphy was lights out in 2004, averaging 1.65 strikeouts per inning pitched.
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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

First Team

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

Second Team

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

Honorable Mention

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