By Travis Stahl
for the Churubusco News
CHURUBUSCO — Major League Baseball teams hitting the field is one of the first signs of spring, but college teams already have been getting in some games.
Former Churubusco pitcher Devin Peters has seen in plenty of action so far this spring, as Peters is now pitching at Ashland University.
“We’ve got a very good team this year and we are trying to take it day by day,” said Peters.
After winning 11 games last season for Kankakee Junior College, Peters hit the mound in several games this year for Ashland. The junior is 1-4 so far this season with 27 strike outs. Peters has pitched 27 and a third innings and has an ERA of 5.93. Peters has only walked 10 batters on the season so far. The Ashland team has a record so far of 9-8 on the season.
Peters said one thing he is working on this season is to get better at locating pitches especially when he has hitters down on a 0-2 count. He said in those situations, he needs to get better at letting the defense make a play. Over the winter, Peters worked on his consistency and accuracy to be more efficient on the mound.
Facing hitters at the college level is vastly different then it was for Peters during his days at Churubusco.
“The skill level is the biggest difference here,” said Peters. “You can’t leave a pitch out over the plate.”
Peters and his teammates recently completed a trip to Florida. The team faced eight different opponents and left Florida with an 8-1 record during that stretch. Ashland has started conference play and the team has tough games coming up against Saginaw Valley State, Grand Valley State and Purdue Northwest. At the end of the regular season, the team will travel to Detroit to play in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament.