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Lincoln-Way East’s Ryan Ritter was taken in the 33rd round by the Cubs. The Tinley Park resident is also committed to Austin Peay. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Ben Troike, a Tinley Park native and University of Illinois standout, was taken in the 11th round by Tampa Bay. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Steve Millar, Contributing Editor
4:08 am CDT June 12, 2019

When Ben Troike was hit by a pitch in a game against Indiana in early May and broke his right thumb, it did not just end the Illinois shortstop’s junior season. It also cast some doubt on his status for the Major League Baseball Draft.

Troike, a Lincoln-Way North graduate and Tinley Park native, was unsure how missing the final month of the season would impact teams’ attempts to evaluate him.

“I wasn’t sure what would happen,” Troike said. “It all worked out in the end.”