PREP BASEBALL

Hobart offense lights up Highland in NCC rout

2014-04-09T20:30:00Z 2014-04-10T11:37:07Z Hobart offense lights up Highland in NCC routHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

GARY | Major League scouts took over a couple rows of seats behind home plate at U.S. Steel Yard on Wednesday.

The target of their radar guns -- Hobart pitcher Brandon Murray -- kept them scratching in their notebooks.

In a 15-4 five-inning win over Highland in Northwest Crossroads Conference action, Murray struck out nine, walked three, hit two and loaded the bases in two innings in the McDonald's RailCats High School Challenge game.

He allowed two earned runs in his second win of the season.

He was quick to call it a "rough day."

"It was a rough day," Murray said. "We came out here offensively and from the get-go, scored one run and broke it open from there. It was good to have the offensive backup here, where if they score a couple of runs, we can get it back."

From the plate, Murray's day wasn't so rough. The senior, who is already signed to South Carolina and attracts scouts to every start regardless of venue, went 1-for-3, scored twice and drove in three runs. He was backed up by an offense that scattered 12 hits, including five for extra bases.

"The offense for us, we're on all cylinders right now. I'd love to live in a world where this goes on until June," Hobart coach Bob Glover Jr. said. "Our lineup is deep. We go eight, nine guys, and that's all you can ask for."

Tyrus Joseforsky opened the game with a triple, and Drey Devereaux, Nick Bokun, Brandon Barnes and Tyler Kenjic added doubles. Bokun drove in three runs with a bases-clearing double in the second inning that turned a 1-1 tie into a three-run advantage. 

After taking an 8-1 lead into the bottom half of the second inning, Highland scored three runs, one earned, while batting around against Murray.

"If you would have told me we'd come out and have (six) hits off of one of the best pitchers in the area and not be in the ballgame, I never would have believed it," Highland coach John Bogner said. "Their whole team is solid, top to bottom."

The Trojans (1-2, 0-2) couldn't sustain the offense against Murray or keep up with the Hobart hitters.

"They're such a good team. They have not an easy out in their lineup," Bogner said. "We can't boot three or four balls. We can't walk eight of their guys. They'll do anything they can to get 90 feet, and we can't afford to give them 90 feet for free."

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