MORRIS – Three members of the Morris Community High School baseball team were honored as all-conference by the Northern Illinois Big 12 and received certificates at the recent Morris Baseball Boosters awards night.
Senior infielder/pitcher Andy Peters, junior infielder Danny Borgstrom and junior outfielder Payton Voitik all received all-conference recognition for the Redskins.
Morris went on to finish the season with an 18-16 record and reached the Class 3A Coal City Regional championship game before losing a 1-0 decision to the host Coalers in a nine-inning thriller.
Local pitchers throwing well: The Morris area has a few local graduates performing on the professional level this summer.
• Mike Foltynewicz of Minooka, a former first-round draft pick of the Houston Astros, is currently in the starting rotation for the Atlanta Braves and is quietly becoming one of the team’s most consistent starters.
He has thrown 142⁄3 innings of shutout ball in his past two starts and currently owns a 4-5 record with a 3.48 ERA.
In 64 innings pitched, he has allowed 64 hits and 19 walks while striking out 55. He tied a career high with 10 strikeouts against Cincinnati on June 2.
• Josh DeGraaf of Morris started the season with Class A-Advanced Dunedin in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization before being called up to Double-A New Hampshire. He has since been moved back to Dunedin. At Dunedin, he has allowed 16 hits in 142⁄3 innings, striking out 15 and walking two. At New Hampshire, he threw 152⁄3 innings, allowing 15 hits and 10 walks while striking out 11. Used as a reliever, he has yet to record a win or a loss, but between the two stops, he has a 3.86 ERA in 301⁄3 innings.
• Zach Petrick of Morris is currently pitching for the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization, the major league in Korea.
The Lions are based in Daegu, South Korea. Petrick is 1-6 with a 5.22 ERA. In 70 innings, he has allowed 80 hits and 29 walks while striking out 43.