Murray Pilots end-of-year sports roundup

Baseball

The Pilots finished with an overall record of 11-1 and completed the St. Paul City regular season undefeated. The team was led by returning eighth-graders Daniel Rougvie, Jared Ruskin, Nick Jacobson and Ephraim Mau. They brought strength to the team as the season progressed through rain delays, rescheduled games and some tough innings. For a second consecutive season, Murray was able to sponsor a B-squad, which allowed all of the interested players to participate and have a positive experience playing baseball. Coaches Bittner, Upton and Andy were extremely proud of all the boys.

Track and field

The boys and girls teams trained together throughout the spring, showing improved times in the track events and increased distances in the field events. The boys team finished third out of four teams in two dual meets and in fourth place out of six teams in the Highland Relays. The girls team won two quadrangular city meets during the season and finished second in the Highland Relays. In the city meet, the girls finished third overall. Twelve middle schools compete in the St. Paul City Conference.

Softball

Murray softball enjoyed another successful season, recording six wins and two losses. Both losses were closely contested games, while the wins were by large margins. Eighth-grader Bailey Huepenbecker provided great pitching performances and was very reliable for the Pilots. Carter Brown, Leandra Dahlke, Magdalena March, Jade Sklar and Dinnea Riley were all eighth-grade leaders who provided positive play.

Badminton

The Pilots finished in second place of the city standings, winning 10 consecutive matches after a close season-opening loss to the undefeated Washington Eagles. The Murray girls’ dominant streak was a credit to the technique and talent they developed. The doubles team played intelligently with good positioning, and the singles players provided good competition for each other in practice. Seventh-grader Nag Poe reached the quarter-finals of the city singles tournament. The seventhgrade doubles team of Kendall Ross and Rachel Erickson reached the quarter-finals of the city doubles tournament.

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