Morton Potters Baseball 

Potters Off to Hot Start as both Varsity and Sophomores Begin Season 3-0

 By: Ryan Lindley

  Ryan Altenberger hit a homerun for the Potters in their win over PND on Tuesday

 

The Morton Potters baseball program sits at 7-0 on the season between all three levels after a week-plus of the 2017 season. The Potters Varsity squad moved to 3-0 with a 3-2 win over Peoria Notre Dame on Tuesday afternoon at Westwood Park in Morton. The Potters were paced by senior designated hitter Bryce Brekke who led the charge with two two-strike RBI hits to get the Potters offense rolling against the Irish. Despite allowing two first inning runs Potter pitcher Logan Peterson was able to keep the Potters in the game until senior shortstop Ryan Altenberger could launch a solo homerun in the fifth inning. When added to Brekke’s two RBIs that was enough to get the Potters a win. Junior Isaiah Davis took over for Peterson and got the win on the mound.

 

The Potters had started the season at the varsity level with a 13-4 win over Bloomington on March 21st. In that game it was the bats of seniors Tucker Anderson and Pat King that provided the offense to pull the Potters on top after Bloomington took a 4-1 lead in the third. King had two big triples and two RBIs and Anderson went deep despite the large dimensions at Howard Saar Field with a grandslam homerun in the forth inning.

 

Pitching was the story for the Potters in their game on Friday night vs St. Joe-Ogden. St. Joe entered the game undefeated but fire-balling junior Connor Kelly and Altenberger stopped their win streak throwing four-hit baseball over seven innings for the Potters. It was Pat King again who delivered the big RBI for the Potters vs St. Joe and Vinni Massaglia added another RBI to help the Potter cause which was just enough in the 2-0 victory.

 

Following the example of their varsity team the Potters sophomore squad is also off to a 3-0 start. Their season started March 20th with a win over a well-regarded Normal West team. Nick Guerra and Riggis Wilkinson combined on the mound while Wilkinson and catcher Isaiah Gudeman each provided two RBIs to help set the pace for the Potter offense.

 

The next day the sophomore Potters went to Richwoods and made sure their bats traveled as they defeated the Knights 15-5. Gurrea drove in three runs as did Gudeman and catcher/outfielder Troy Samp. The Potters also stole eight bases in that ball game which was a game high at the sophomore level in recent years.

 

Finally, to move their record to the same 3-0 mark as the varsity the sophomores also defeated St. Joe. Thanks to some solid pitching from Owen Shipley, Sam Wabel, Rian Schmidt, and Guerra the Potters held St. Joe to just three runs while putting nine on the board. They stole seven more bases and Wilkinson had two RBIs and did third-baseman Ben Corum.

 

While they haven’t played as many game as the their upperclass teammates the Potters freshman won their season opener March 21st 15-2 over Richwoods.

 

The entire program will be in action on Saturday April 1st with the freshman and sophomores home at 10AM and the varsity at Normal Community for the same 10AM start.





Former Potter Jordan Wanner tossed a no-hitter for Olivet Nazarene University last Spring. He is just one of the many former Potters playing well at the next level. 


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College and professional baseball seasons will be starting soon. Most college teams are already in the middle of practice and it is only about three weeks before professional pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. With that in mind we at Morton Baseball wanted to list the former Potters who are currently competing in college and professional baseball. Currently, 11 former Potters are playing college baseball. Illinois Central College in East Peoria features three former Potters with Ben Main and Daniel Stuckey in their outfield and Braden Rassi on their pitching staff. The University of Missouri – St. Louis is the site where former Potter teammates Cole McDonald and Jake Morsch will reunite after playing at separate junior colleges the last two years. Along with those 11 college players the Potters feature one alum that has reached the professional ranks in 2012 graduate Will Headean. Will is in the San Diego Padres Organization. Last year Will split time between Tri-City and Fort Wayne in the Padres system and won 5 games while striking out 89 hitters. Below is the complete list of Potters playing college or professional baseball. You can click the Potter Baseball History tab above to see this list again and learn more about Potter history.

Potters in the Pros

Will Headean – San Diego Padres Organization

 

Potters in College

Jake Morsch – University of Missouri St. Louis

Cole McDonald - University of Missouri St. Louis

Ben Main – Illinois Central College

Braden Rassi – Illinois Central College

Daniel Stuckey – Illinois Central College

Kevin Smith – Lincoln Land CC

Kyle Cashdollar – Eureka College

Collin Mormann – University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Dan Blot – Bardley University

Jake Starkey – Monmouth College

Jordan Wanner – Olivet Nazarene University



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