Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Sean Murphy (North Catholic)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

North Catholic graduate Sean Murphy is sitting out the season in the Oakland Athletics' farm system while recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.

The right-hander was injured last Aug. 5 while making a start for Class AA Midland in the Texas League. Murphy finished the 2014 season with a combined 6-8 record and 4.89 ERA in 20 starts with Midland, Class AAA Sacramento and high Class A Stockton.

Murphy, 26, has gone 32-32 in five seasons in the Athletics' farm season. He also has a 4.26 ERA and two saves in 105 career games, 81 of which have been starts.

The Athletics selected Murphy in the 33rd round of the 2010 amateur draft from Keystone College in LaPlume, Pa.


Basketball: North Catholic grad to play at Niagara

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Joe Bendel profiles Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic graduate Dominic Robb, who recently signed to play basketball at Niagara University.

"Dominic Robb is a go-getter in his parents' home.

That's go-getter as in, "Go get that silver platter from the top shelf. ... Go get that light bulb down from the ceiling."

This is what happens when one has a wingspan that measures 7 feet, 1 inch — equal to the height of Shaquille O'Neal. Nothing is out of reach.

"Hey, anytime they want something, I'm there to get it," Robb said, laughing."



Baseball: North Catholic eliminated in quarterfinals

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's baseball season came to an end Monday following a 1-0 upset against No. 14 Bishop Canevin at West Mifflin. The Trojans finished their season with a 14-8 overall record.

As the No. 6 seed in the WPIAL's Class A bracket, North Catholic advanced to the second round following a 2-0 victory against No. 11 Rochester. Senior pitcher Nick Tunstall allowed just four hits during the shutout win. Jack Anderson and Danny Lynch each knocked in runs for the Trojans.

North Catholic entered the playoffs following an 8-2 run in Section 4-A. The Trojans finished second in the section standings behind Vincentian. Both of these section losses came against the Royals, who were eventually eliminated in the first round. After opening the season losing five of their first 10 games, the Trojans posted an impressive seven-game winning streak to keep them in contention. North Catholic actually scored 10 runs or more in every game during that stretch.


Baseball: North Feature Athlete - C.W. North Catholic's Nick Tunstall

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Name: Nick Tunstall
High School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Center fielder

Background: A‭ 5-foot-10, 150-pound left-handed pitcher, Tunstall is expected to be one of the area's top starters in Class A this spring. He helped Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic pick up an early-season victory March 26 over perennial-power Neshannock. Tunstall went the distance and tossed a complete game while earning a 9-1 non-section against the Lancers‬.


Baseball: Experience expected to guide North Catholic

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After returning from a spring trip in Georgia, the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic baseball team believes it is ready to compete among the top teams in Class A. Despite opening the season with a pair of losses down south, the Trojans returned to Western Pennsylvania and won two of their next three games.

North Catholic (2-3) opened its schedule March 19 with a 12-3 loss to Evans High School (Ga.) before dropping a 10-0 shutout to Greenbrier High School (Ga.). The Trojans, however, picked up two non-sections wins against Neshannock and Mars, respectively. They toppled Neshannock, 9-1, on March 24 and then narrowly slipped past Mars, 9-8, on March 31.

"We've had moments where we've shown to be one of the top teams in the WPIAL and then we've had moments where we struggled, but the thing is this is still an excellent ballteam," North Catholic coach John Haggarty said. "We beat two really good teams, but we still have a lot of work to do."