Surgery Doesn't Stop Pawelski

By Scott Leber |

Published 11/19 2013 12:09AM

Updated 11/19 2013 12:18AM

ROCKTON-Hononegah pitcher Riley Pawelski is headed to Illinois State on a scholarship. He signed a letter of intent with ISU Monday despite the fact that he had Tommy John ligament surgery on his pitching elbow this fall.

Pawelski suffered the injury while playing for a Cincinnati Reds scout team. While some schools would pull their scholarship offer after such a major injury, ISU is standing by Pawelski.

Pawelski appreciates that loyalty, and he's keeping a positive attitude about bouncing back from his injury. "The success rate these days of Tommy John is pretty strong," says Pawelski. "I have the confidence that I have what it takes to work hard and go through all the rehab and come back ten times stronger."

As a junior at Hononegah last spring Paweski had a 6-4 record with a 2.30 earned run average. In 54.2 innings pitched he struck out 61 batters.

As a sophomore he was 6-3 with a 2.25 earned run average.

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