From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — Two pitchers with northern Michigan ties plan to compete this summer in collegiate leagues.
Frankfort’s Kyle Zimmerman, a Wayne State junior, has a temporary contract to pitch for the Falmouth Commodores in the prestigious Cape Cod League.
Traverse City West’s Walter Borkovich, a freshman at Michigan State, will pitch for the Southern Ohio Copperheads in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
Zimmerman, a lefthander, played for Terre Haute the last two summers in the Prospects League. He finished 7-2 with a 2.83 ERA last summer.
“He was an All-Star both years,” his father, Frankfort baseball coach Mike Zimmerman, said. “This year he got the call to go to the Cape Cod and he couldn’t turn that down. It’s a big honor.”
Several Major League players — Evan Longoria, Barry Zito, Jason Varitek, among those — competed in the Cape Cod League.
Zimmerman is currently 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA for Wayne State. He also plays first base when he’s not pitching and he’s hitting .273. Wayne State is 13-7 overall.
Mike Zimmerman said several scouts were on hand to watch him pitch last weekend against Grand Valley. Zimmerman is draft eligible this summer.
Borkovich is currently 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA for Michigan State. He recently earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Borkovich has appeared in seven games, six in relief, for the 10-10 Spartans.
The Southern Ohio Copperheads are based in Athens, Ohio.
The Cape Cod League and Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League are members of the National Alliance of Summer Baseball.