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Sarasota Athlete of the Week: Massimo Murdocca

The Sarasota Little Leaguer had an impressive performance in his Majors-level championship game.


Massimo Murdocca.
Massimo Murdocca.
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Massimo Murdocca, 12, is a Sarasota Little Leaguer. Murdocca pitched five and 2/3 scoreless innings as his team, Rugs as Art, won the league's Majors-level championship game over Schipani, Norman & McLain PA. Murdocca was also named to the Sarasota National 10-11-12 All-Stars team. 

When did you start playing baseball?

I started playing when I was 5 years old. I think I just saw it and wanted to try it. I liked it right away.

What is the appeal to you now?

I don't know why I like it, really. It is just fun to play. 

What is your best skill?

I like hitting a lot. I think that is my best skill. I hit for a high average. 

What have you been working to improve?

I have been working hard on my pitching. I'm alright at it but I am getting better. I throw a (four-seam) fastball, a curveball, a slider, a changeup and a two-seam fastball. My four-seam fastball is my favorite to throw. 

What is your favorite memory?

I hit my first home run this spring in a travel ball tournament at Braden River Little League. I got into a full count and the pitcher threw me one right down the middle and I hit it out of the park. The next at-bat I hit a home run again, and the next at-bat I doubled, and the next at-bat I hit another home run. 

What are your baseball goals?

I want to get a college scholarship someday. I hope it is to a Division I school but if I get drafted out of high school I might just stick with that. 

What is your favorite food?

It is probably spaghetti and meatballs. 

What is your favorite TV show?

I don't really have one. When I have free time I'm usually playing Wiffle ball with my friends or something outside. 

What is your favorite school subject?

I like science because I like learning about the world and how everything works. 

Which superpower would you pick?

I would want to fly so I could go wherever I wanted. 

What is the best advice you have received?

See the ball, hit the ball. Nothing can happen (offensively) if you don't make contact first.  

Finish this sentence: "Massimo Murdocca is … "

Happy and motivated. I am focused on my goals. 

 

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Ryan Kohn

Ryan Kohn is the sports editor for Sarasota and East County and a Missouri School of Journalism graduate. He was born and raised in Olney, Maryland. His biggest inspirations are Wright Thompson and Alex Ovechkin. His strongest belief is that mint chip ice cream is unbeatable.

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