Murphy Gienger hesitated before answering the question. Gienger is a senior shortstop and pitcher with two arm angles for the Douglas County baseball team, but he was thrown a curve when asked which …
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Murphy Gienger hesitated before answering the question.
Gienger is a senior shortstop and pitcher with two arm angles for the Douglas County baseball team, but he was thrown a curve when asked which position he liked best.
“Man, that's a tough question,” said Gienger, who will play baseball next season at Mesa Community College. “I been playing short since the eighth grade and been pitching too. If I had to pick I would probably say short because you get to lead the team and be the big dog. I start a little bit but mainly I am a reliever. I like to get the tempo of the game before I go in.”
So far, Gienger is having his best high school season for the Huskies, who were ranked second in the CHSAANow.com Class 5A poll.
“I just want to come out this year and have fun,” he said. “Just play baseball with the boys in the yard. That's my goal this year, and just win ball games.”
After 16 games, Gienger was hitting .396 with 16 runs batted in. He had a 2.00 earned run average in 21 innings pitched, with a win and two saves.
`He's a team kid. That's what makes him a great player. He will celebrate other people's victories and is always bringing guys up and keeping the team together. He's a guy that guys follow.'
Douglas County head baseball coach
Q&A with Gienger
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Bo Jackson. He was a man. He didn't care who was on the field with him, he just had that winning mentality.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
My father (Craig Gienger). He's been coaching me since I was a little kid. He keeps me going and makes me want to push myself more.
What would be a perfect performance in your sport?
I really don't think of myself as an individual on the field. It's more of a team thing. Anytime we win is a perfect day on the field for me.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
PE definitely because it's PE and you don't have to sit at a desk all day. You get to go out and sweat a little bit and have some fun.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I don't know if I do anything away from sports. Either I'm playing, watching it or studying the game. I just can't get enough of baseball. My favorite quote is: “Church is like baseball. Many attend but few understand.”
What is the toughest play for you to make as a shortstop?
Probably on the run in the hole. That's a tough long throw but it sure is fun when you get it.
What is your mindset when coming into the game as a reliever?
Just throw strikes and do your job for the guys. Just get ground balls.
What is your approach when down two strikes in the count?
I keep my two-strike approach the whole time and just look for a ball I can drive, and with two strikes, anything close just foul off and try to get another pitch.
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