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Potters Varsity Completes Undefeated Week With Sweep of IVC

By: Ryan Lindley 


   The Potters went 5-0 this week and will take on Limestone in Morton on Monday. 

The Morton Potters Varsity baseball team completed a 5-0 week on Saturday with two wins over IVC in Chillicothe. In the opener the Potters jumped on the Grey Ghosts early with three runs in the first inning and had totaled 11 by the end of the third inning. They’d end up posting a 14-1 win. The star of the day was Bradley-bound outfielder Dan Bolt who had three hits and four RBIs. He was the only Potter to have a multi-hit game but thanks to seven Ghosts errors the Potters were able to take advantage when Vinni Massaglia and Trevor Davis both launched critical doubles. Trace King picked up his third win of the season on the mound and was assisted with solid pitching by Logan Peterson and Jonah Rumbold.


In game two the Potters shutout the Ghosts 12-0 thanks to Trevor Davis pitching five shutout innings and Pat King throwing one with two strikeouts. On offense senior Ben Main and junior Tucker Anderson led the way with three hits apiece. Anderson had three RBIs and junior Adam Christianson had two. 


Earlier in the week Christianson helped the Potters pull off the sweep of conference foe Metamora when he homered in a Potters 7-2 victory on Thursday. Ryan Altenberger was the winning pitcher in relief that day and Logan Peterson helped the offense with a key RBI double. The Potters had beaten the Redbirds 6-0 the previous day when Massaglia pitched six shutout innings and hit a homerun of his own. Bolt added two hits and Christianson and Peterson also had RBIs in that victory.


The fifth win in the Potters 5-0 week was a 15-1 over Peoria High. Bolt and fellow senior Collin Mormann had two hits and two RBIs that day and Pat King got the win on the mound. 


This week the Potters were will host Limestone on Monday and travel to Bartonville to play the Rockets on Wednesday. On Saturday the Potters will host the Morton Baseball Alumni Game at noon at Westwood Park. The program is excited and encourages the many great Potter baseball alums to attend and enjoy a fun day of baseball. 


The Potters Sophomore team also defeated Metamora twice this week thanks to pitching from Isaiah Davis and Haegan Kelly. Their Friday game vs Lincoln was called when the field was filled with snow. The Potter Freshman team split their series with the Redbirds. Ben Corum got the win on Wednesday. 

Blog 5

Former Potter Star and Current Lincoln Land Logger Jake Morsch Commits to University of Missouri-St. Louis

Former Potter star and current Lincoln Land College sophomore catcher Jake Morsch has committed to continue has academic and baseball careers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Morsch, a 2014 Morton High School Graduate and All-Mid-Illini selection, is currently in his sophomore season for the Loggers. He leads the team with 38 RBIs and is hitting .392. The Loggers are 17-10 overall and 8-2 in conference games. Morsch will join a University of Missouri-St. Louis team that competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with their noted rivals Missouri S&T and the University of Illinois-Springfield. The Potters will continue their pipeline to Lincoln Land next Spring as current MHS senior Kevin Smith will junior the Loggers during the 2016-17 school year.

Blog 4

Potter Baseball Program Off to a Hot Start in 2016

By: Ryan Lindley


Despite the fact the Illinois weather hasn’t yet warmed up to ideal temperatures for baseball the Morton Potter baseball program has gotten off to a hot start at every level. The Potters four levels of baseball: Varsity, JV, Sophomore, and Freshman are a combined 12-1 in the early going of 2016. For the Varsity team their 3-1 start featured wins over a highly regarded Olympia team, Bloomington High School, and Glenbard East High School from the suburban Chicago town of Lombard, Illinois. The Potters lone loss is to Peoria Notre in a game where they fell behind initially before their battle back fell just short in a 6-4 loss. The Potters will take this hot start to some warm weather later this week as they travel to Emerson, Georgia to play in the Rawlings Select Classic.


The Potters will be relaying on their deep senior class to be successful against some strong competition in the tournament. So far this season senior lefty pitcher Trace King has led the way for the Potters. King is 2-0 so far this year posting wins over Olympia and Bloomington. He’s thrown 6.2 scoreless innings thus far and has five strikeouts and only one walk. In the Bloomington game King’s win was delivered to him thanks to junior pitcher/third-baseman Adam Christianson. Late in the game Christianson stepped to the plate and launched a long grand slam homerun to power the Potters to the victory. On the season Christianson is 6-for-12 on the season with four extra-base hits (3 doubles and the homerun) and a team-leading seven RBIs. The Potters also used their power hitting ability to secure the win over Glenbard East when senior Collin Mormann hit a two-run homerun in order to push the Potters to an 8-7 win.  Along with Christianson and Mormann the Potter offense has been driven by junior Ryan Altenberger who also has four extra-base hits this season and a .333 batting average. Senior Kevin Smith is also hitting .333 in the early going. 


The Potters JV team posted wins in the second game of Varsity/JV doubleheaders with Olympia and Glenbard East. In the Olympia game sophomore Vinni Massaglia got three hits and closed the game on the mound. In the JV win over Glenbard East a collection of Potter pitchers combined to shutdown Glenbard East’s lineup and move the Potters record in JV contests to 2-0 on the young season. 


The Potters Sophomore squad is off to a fast start with a 5-0 record. Most recently the team defeated Bloomington High School behind Connor Kelly’s second win of his sophomore season on the mound. In that game Kelly also hit a homerun and was joined by his right-fielder Kyle Killion who also hit a homerun to power the Potters to a 4-1 victory over the Purple Raiders. 


The Freshman Potters are 2-0 on the young season posting high scoring wins in both their games. They opened the season by securing a 10-0 win over Richwoods High School and on Monday defeated Lincoln High School 21-14. The 31 runs over the two games gives the Potters a remarkable average of 15.5 runs per game in the early going of the season. 


While the Varsity team travels to Georgia the freshman and sophomore teams will travel locally with the sophomores playing at Richwoods on Wednesday and Normal Community on Saturday and the freshman traveling to the field at Parkside Junior High to play Normal West High School in Normal on Saturday.  

Blog 3

Former Potter Coach Mike McDoanld Passes Away at 68

Former Morton baseball coach Mike McDonald passed away at age 68 this past weekend. McDonald was the head coach of the Potters for 24 years posting a school-record 452 wins during his tenure that included the 1984 IHSA State Title and the 1994 IHSA State-Runner finish in Class AA. In addition to coaching baseball at MHS, McDonald worked as a health and PE in the school until in he retired. After his retirement he coach at the college level at both Eureka College and Illinois Central College. He was a leading figure in helping bring Central Illinois baseball to the highly respected level it is at today. The current Potter baseball players, coaches, and families wish to express their condolences to Coach Mac’s family and friends and hope to honor Coach’s legacy with their play this spring.  

Blog 2

Potters Looking forward to Spring Break Trip

Baseball is supposed to be a warm weather sport despite what the Spring in Illinois would often have us believe. Therefore, the Potters are pretty excited about taking a Spring Break trip to Geogria this in the Spring of 2016. The Potters are playing in the Rawlings Select Classic #3 at Perfect Game Park South at LakePoint in Emerson, GA from March 31-April 2nd. They will see follow Illinois teams Metamora and Morgan Park along with teams from Ohio, Alabama, and several other states. 


Potters Sophomore Logan Peterson Moves Up Player Rankings

In looking at the lastest rankings from the Prep Baseball Report one might notice Potters sophomore pitcher/infielder Logan Peterson starting to make a statewide impression. This link shows Logan’s profile on the PBR website:

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