MANHATTAN, Kan. – A pair of Kansas State right-handed pitchers garnered most valuable pitcher honors while playing for their respective summer league teams.
K-State’s Brad Hutt was named a National Baseball Congress (NBC) All-American and the tournament’s most valuable pitcher at the conclusion of the 44-team NBC World Series in Wichita. Hutt played for the overall runner-up Hays Larks.
The Papillion, Nebraska product was outstanding in his 17 innings pitched during the two week tournament. Hutt didn’t allow a run and threw a complete-game shutout against perennial power Seattle to earn his second tourney win. This helped the Hays pitching staff to also winning the team earned run average award for the tournament.
Justin Murray was named the Pitcher of the Year while pitching in the Texas Collegiate League (TCL) for the McKinney Marshals. Murray, a native of Manhattan, Kan., proved to be nearly untouchable as he tallied a 5-2 record with a miniscule 0.54 ERA while only allowing three earned runs all summer.
The Wildcat hurler was dominant striking out 48 and allowing only eight walks in 50 innings of work. Murray led the TCL in ERA, wins (tied with three others), third in innings pitched and fourth in strikeouts. TCL’s June Pitcher of the Month led the Marshals to their second consecutive division title and a trip to the TCL championship series.