Morton Potters baseball brings home state championship

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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:10 pm

The Morton Potters baseball team won a dramatic nine-inning game on Monday June 4 to claim their first Supersectional title since 1994.  The Potters were tied with Stillman Valley, 8-8, after seven innings.  Both team were scoreless in the eighth, but Morton poured it on in the ninth, scoring eight runs. They held Stillman Valley scoreless in the bottom to walk away with a 16-8 victory.  Connor Kelly, Nick Guerra and Haegan Kelly each tossed three innings, and the Potters had 23 hits on the night.

Morton played their state semifinal game on Friday June 8 at Route 66 Stadium in Joliet after a two-and-a-half hour rain delay.  The game was scoreless through four innings.  Morton scored three in the top of the fifth and Nazareth Academy brought in one in the bottom.  Morton scored one more in the sixth and added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh to beat Nazareth 8-1 and to go to the championship game.  Vinni Massaglia pitched six innings to earn the win, and Connor Kelly held them scoreless in the seventh. Kyle Killion led the team with three hits, while Nick Guerra, Logan Peterson, Evan Pfeifer, and Isaiah Gudeman each added two.  

The Potters took on Chicago (St. Ignatius) on June 9 for the state championship in another game delayed by heavy rains.  St. Ignatius scored first, bringing in one run at the top of the first inning.  Though St. Ignatius threatened to score several more, the Potters held them the rest of the game.  The Potters only produced three hits to their opponent's eight, but timing is everything as the Potters outscored St. Ignatius 4-1.  Logan Peterson got the win, pitching six innings, while Nick Guerra earned the save.

The last Morton Potters baseball team to win a state championship was the 1984 team.

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