By Justin Hunter
ENID, Okla. – A former Churubusco pitcher’s collegiate team won the national championship Friday night.
Kankakee Community College in Illinois, for which Devin Peters pitches, won the school’s first NJCAA Division II College World Series Championship by defeating Mercer College 11-5 in Enid, Okla. Peters pitched a 10-1 record for the season.
Peters pitched six innings in the semifinal game. Kankakee (54-11) mercy-ruled Parkland 13-3 to advance to the championship game. He recorded three strikeouts, two walks and six hits.
Peters averaged 8.29 strikeouts per nine innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was better than 3 to 1.
Peters graduated from Churubusco in 2015. He threw two no-hitters his junior season against New Haven and Manchester. He was a four-year starter, and played a major role in winning the 2015 sectional championship.
“He was an average player his first two seasons,” said former head coach Mark Grove. “Something clicked his junior year. He was bigger and so dominating on the mound in his third and fourth year.”
Peters says he wouldn’t be the same pitcher if he hadn’t played at Churubusco. The transition from Churubusco to Kankakee was an easy one for him.
“The small town aspect of Churubusco converted well to Kankakee,” said Peters. “You have to work for everything you get. It meant everything to us (Kankakee), because we put in work all season. It all payed off when we won.”
Grove says Peter was a great addition to the last of his baseball teams at Churubusco. Grove coached the Eagles for 32 years.
“He (Peters) was very supportive of players who made mistakes, even when he was on the mound,” said Grove. “He is the kind of young man you’d like to have success. He’s a hard worker, and it shows.”
Peters plans on transferring to NCAA Division II Ashland University (Ohio) next fall to play baseball. This summer, he will play for the Eau Claire Express in the Northwoods League.