Photo Courtesy UIS Athletics: Zion Pettigrew.
Pair of Division II teammates added to the fold
ASHWAUBENON, Wis. – The Green Bay Booyah have announced the signing of Illinois-Springfield infielder Zion Pettigrew and left-handed pitcher Mason Coon.
Pettigrew is in his junior year at Illinois-Springfield. Through 10 games this spring he is batting a cool .455 with two home runs and .567 on-base percentage. In 13 games last season, the Chicago, Illinois native led the Prairie Stars with a .426 batting average, .741 slugging percentage, 23 hits, 18 runs, five home runs and 20 total bases. He led the team with eight multi-hit games and ended the season on an 11-game hitting streak. He was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week on one occasion as well.
Pettigrew began his collegiate career at the University of Iowa before transferring to Kirkwood Community College. Playing a larger role, he hit .414 in 181 at-bats in 50 games at Kirkwood. Pettigrew also carried a .473 on-base percentage and a .691 slugging percentage. He logged 21 doubles, one triple and nine home runs. He drove in 63 and walked 21 times as a member of the Eagles. Pettigrew is no stranger to the Northwoods League as he played in 18 games with the La Crosse Loggers and posted a .286 batting average following his freshman season.
His Prairie Stars teammate Mason Coon will also be joining the Booyah this summer. The St. Joseph, Illinois native is also in his junior year. So far this spring he has appeared in two games, spanning 3.1 innings while striking out six batters. The southpaw appeared in six games and four as a relief pitcher in 2020. In 5.1 IP, he gave up just one hit, one run and gave up one walk. He punched out eight of the 17 men he faced. He was also able to get three at-bats in, collecting two doubles, scoring once, driving in three and drawing one walk.
In his three seasons at Illinois-Springfield, Coon has appeared in 43 games, including 23 on the bump. For his career, he has struck out 14.6 batters per nine innings. In 2019, Coon played in 14 total games, 12 of them on the mound and two of those were starts. He pitched 14.1 innings and held opponents to just a .246 average. He averaged 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings and did not allow a run in eight of his ten games in relief. In 2018, Coon appeared in seven games, all in relief. He did not allow a run in five innings of work and struck out nine men. He held opponents to a .235 batting average and had a 1.80 WHIP. Coon has been named to the GLVC All-Academic team twice.
Opening Day at Capital Credit Union Park is slated for Tuesday, June 1st as the Booyah host the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at 6:35. Group tickets and the all-new Fleet Farm Flex Pack are on sale now. The Fleet Farm Flex Pack includes six tickets that can also be used for any games this summer along with a $50 Capital Credit Union Park gift card, $10 Fleet Farm gift card and much more. Visit www.booyahbaseball.com or call the ticket office at 920-497-7225 to reserve your seats today. The Booyah front office at Capital Credit Union Park is located at 2231 Holmgren Way in Ashwaubenon. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm.
The Green Bay Booyah are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 245 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS), as well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.booyahbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Booyah as your favorite team.