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NORFOLK, Va. (Aug. 23, 2012) – Former Rend Lake College Warrior Zach Petersime has been called up to Triple-A ball with the Norfolk Tides, a club in the Baltimore Orioles organization. With the new job, #35 skips two leagues – Class A Advanced and Double-A – and has racked up four appearances, in two starts and 11.1 innings pitched, with 10 strikeouts and a 3.97 ERA.
Petersime was part of RLC’s 2008 Region XXIV championship team coached by Tony Etnier. He was named Most Valuable Player of that region tournament and selected by the Orioles later that year. Two other players from that championship team were drafted by Major League Baseball teams. Brandon Braboy went on to the University of Indianapolis and was picked by the Yankees and Cory White went to the Indians.
Etnier has stayed in touch with his former pitcher, Petersime. Etnier said he was called up once earlier this year and made two relief appearances in which he threw 4.2 scoreless innings.
“He was sent back down to A-ball, but then they called him back up a day-and-a-half later, and he made his first start last Friday,” said Etnier. “I’m going to check back with him today.”
Etnier said he is starting tonight against the Durham Bulls.
“Rend Lake hasn’t had a player get to the big leagues,” said Etnier. “So Zach has progressed in pro ball as well as any player we’ve had. Anytime you are playing in Triple A, there’s always a chance you could be called up. He is 23 years old, and knocking on the door. I’m excited for him.”
The Baltimore Orioles chose Petersime, a right handed pitcher, in the 45th round in 2008. With the Warriors, Petersime struck out 37 batters in just more than 38 innings in the 2008 conference season. Petersime made his presence known in the region tournament, particularly to Wabash Valley College fans. He was responsible for taking down top-ranked WVC twice in the region tournament, giving up only one hit in 16 innings pitched against them on May 8 and again on May 13 to eliminate WVC from the tournament. Petersime was 3-2 in the regular season against conference opponents and was named MVP of the Region XXIV Tournament.
After being drafted, he went 4-2 with an ERA of 3.61 in 47.1 innings for the Gulf Coast League Orioles. He pitched 53 innings the following year with the Bluefield Blue Jays. He finished that season at 1-4 with a 5.09 ERA. In 2011, Petersime moved up to the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League and played with the Aberdeen IronBirds, going 0-3 with an ERA of 6.47 in 32 innings.
He had only pitched three innings with the IronBirds this year when he was moved up to the Class A South Atlantic League. He got five saves in 10 games for a 2.78 ERA with the Delmarva Shorebirds.
To track Petersime’s progress through the minors, go online to http://www.milb.com. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit RLC online at www.rlc.edu/warriors.