A couple of Mid-Missouri baseball players are making some waves in the Appalachian League, a summer wood bat league for rising college freshmen and sophomores.
Austin Troesser (Fatima High School) and Trevor Austin (Helias High School) are both playing for the Greeneville (Tenn.) Flyboys after their freshman seasons at the University of Missouri. Greeneville currently leads the West division with a 21-13-1 record.
Troesser, a right-handed pitcher, was one of 10 West division pitchers named to the inaugural Appalachian League All-Star Game roster Monday. In nine relief appearances and 20 innings this season, Troesser is 4-0 with an 0.90 ERA, the third-best ERA among Appy League pitchers with at least 20 innings pitched. He has 35 strikeouts against just six walks and one hit batter, and is surrendering a stingy .145 batting average to opposing hitters.
The Appalachian League All-Star Game will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at Calfee Park in Pulaski, Va.
Austin, a shortstop, has started 25 games for the Flyboys this summer, and is hitting .241 with 21 hits, 20 runs scored and 14 RBI, including three doubles and three triples. He homered June 12 in a 15-6 win at Johnson City. Austin has a .411 on-base percentage and is 1-for-2 on stolen-base attempts.