In 25 at bats this week, the No. 1 Cardinals' junior catcher had 16 hits — five of them home runs and three grand slams. Two of those grand-slams were game-winners. He also had three doubles, drove in 16 runs and scored another 10. On defense, his fielding percentage was .977. "His stats are somebody's career," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said. Making the performance more amazing. Murphy had not hit a home run before this week. A three-year starter, Murphy, 6-feet-1 and 210 pounds, has orally committed to Wake Forest.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: Joey Benitez, Archbishop Spalding, baseball; Nick Doyle, McDonogh, lacrosse; Travis Jenkins, Kenwood, track and field; Trey McGee, McDonogh, lacrosse; Julian Woods, Century, track and field.


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