TRAVERSE CITY – As the Northwoods League’s Northern Michigan Pod season continues, fans of the Great Lakes Resorters can cheer on a trio of northern Michigan natives.
Traverse City St. Francis alums Joey Muzljakovich and Cooper Peterson are joined by Frankfort native Brett Zimmerman in playing in front of their hometown fans.
“Just being able to be here in my hometown and not travel too much, obviously, it’s awesome just to get to compete against these guys day in and day out,” Muzljakovich said. “Having a good time and just to be able to see some familiar faces like my family and friends. Being here in Traverse City, my hometown, it’s just awesome.”
In addition to being teammates on the Resorters, Muzljakovich and Zimmerman also play at Wayne State, while Peterson is a member of Hillsdale College’s baseball program.
“It’s really nice, because the Northwoods puts a lot of emphasis on the development of players,” Peterson said. “Being able to get better and work on your crafts and come here every day and get better, it’s a great thing to have. I didn’t expect to do this this summer. I was pretty sure that we weren’t going to have baseball anywhere. So when the opportunity opened up to play six games a week, I couldn’t say no.”
A Frankfort High School graduate and catcher, Zimmerman is happy to be back on the field after testing positive for the coronarvirus several weeks ago.
“I didn’t really see it coming. Once we got word that a teammate had it, I went and got retested and it came back positive so I just went into quarantine,” he said. “I was actually already in quarantine prior to that once a teammate had it, but I’m back now and I feel great, so hopefully I’m able to come out here and compete still.”
The Resorters play host to the Traverse City Pit Spitters Tuesday at Turtle Creek Stadium. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.