Mote Shines For ‘Belters After Viral Infection

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Most college baseball players end up competing on summer baseball teams far away from home, trying to improve their game in the offseason. But Normal U-High product Billy Mote gets to do that with his home town team, the Normal Cornbelters.

“It’s been unreal, because as soon as I found out the Cornbelters were going to the Prospect League, I tried jumping on that immediately,” said Mote. “Being able to stay at home with my family, and my brother is going to be a senior. So being able to help him throughout his baseball career this summer and being able to stay at home and have this fan base, it’s been great.”

Billy spent last year with Heartland Community College and was a big part of their success, until he got sick near the end of the season. He lost 25 pounds with a virus, and has been spending all summer trying to put that weight back on.

“I just had a virus that attacked my immune system. I had a 105 degree fever for like eight days straight,” said Mote. “I was throwing up and pretty much down for two and a half, pretty much three weeks.”

Mote is heading to D-I powerhouse Creighton next year to play continue his college baseball career. It’s a challenge he is ready to take after battling the some major adversity over the last year.

“Just being able to get through that and being able to go back to the D-1 level with Creighton, beyond excited,” said Mote. “Especially playing at TD Ameritrade where they play the College World Series, all that. And with the great coaching staff and the guys I’ve met there, I feel it’s going to be a great fit for me.”

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