Inductees No team that won a state high school baseball championship swung its bats with more authoriy than the 1984 Morton squad.
Coached by Mike McDonald, the Potters made a stunning impact on the Illinois High School Association baseball record book, setting or tieing 99 team and individual records for both the overall two-class tournament and the Class AA division that it won.
Finishing 18-11 in the regular season, a year that started with a loss and ended with a pair of losses, Morton then used its offensive power to sweep through the Morton regional and the Limestone sectional.
It then whipped Belleville West 16-5 and Taylorville 20-8 before edging Burbank-Reavis 9-7 for the state title.
Morton's 45 runs and 46 hits were tournament records as well as its 15 extra base hits and .474 average.
First baseman Kirk Ummel was named tournament Most Valuable Player while the all-tournament team included Ummel along with outfielders Todd Ummel and Keith Dullard.
Kirk Ummel set records with eight runs batted in and three home runs while Ron Yoder had nine hits and hit .692 on a 9-for-13 performance. Yoder also had six consecutive hits.
ON THE ROAD TO STATE
Rock Island 4
Belleville West 5
No team that won a state high school baseball championship swung its bats with more authoriy than the 1984 Morton squad.
1951 Pekin Baseball Team
FRONT ROW (L to R): Phil Shannabarger, Don Lee, Emil Monge, Dick Heihs, Steve Holzapple, Gary Kinder, Cliff Houghton, John Watson, Rich Lee.
Pekin's state champions, taking a 16-5 record into the elite field at Caterpillar's Tom Connor Field, used a combination of Tom Trumpy's skilled pitching arm and timely hitting to whip Big 12 conference foes Streator and Decatur in the first two games before belting Alton 11-5 in a wild title game.