CONWAY — Lonoke’s Hannah Murray was a member of the East softball team, which split with the West during the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star games Tuesday at Farris Field on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas.
Murray, who was an all-conference and all-state performer for the Lady Jackrabbits in 2013, pitched a scoreless fifth inning of the first game, which the East won 10-8. She struck out her first batter then got the second one to pop out to the shortstop. After a single and walk, she got the fifth batter to line out to shortstop to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth with her team trailing 6-3, Murray led off with a single to start a five-run frame, which gave the East the lead for good.
Murray pitched part of an inning in the second game and also played first base. The West won the second game 8-1.
Murray enjoyed her short stay in Conway. The athletes reported to UCA on Monday.
“It was great to meet different girls here and meet girls you’ve met before at camps,” she said. “It was a great honor.
“I thought I did pretty good except for my strikeout [batting in the second game].”
Murray said starting the rally in the first game felt “really good.”
“It felt really good to be the leader in that,” she said.
Murray thought her pitching in the first game showed she deserved to be an all-star.
“That made me feel like that was the reason I was here,” she said.
Murray will continue her playing career at Neosho County Community College in Neosho, Mo. She will resume her summer workouts in preparation for college ball.
“Some days, I run the mile,” she said. “Other days, I run sprints.”
Murray said she also does cardiovascular workouts and is continuing to throw and hit during the summer with a private instructor.