NUTTER FORT, W.Va. — In his season debut, Wheeling Central Catholic junior Adam Murray tossed six scoreless innings to beat Huntington St. Joseph’s 11-0 in the opening game of the West Virginia Catholic Schools tournament.

Murray just completed an impressive junior season on the gridiron, leading the Maroon Knights to the Class A state championship and receiving the Huff & Howley Awards as the state’s top defensive player and linebacker.

Murray allowed just two hits and struck out five batters.

“We finally got him eligible because he had a bad shoulder,” said Wheeling Central Catholic head coach Bo McConnaughy. “He was going to get operated on and they changed their mind. So we had to get 14 practices in, which we did the other day.”

“He just threw strikes and was consistent.”

Central (6-3) scored in six of seven innings.

“We lost eight starters from last year,” McConnaughy said. “Most of the kids are sophomores and freshmen. We only have three seniors. We are on-the-job training right now. With us being 6-3 right now, I am happy with that because I wasn’t expecting that at all.”