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Deseret News prep athletes of the week

MICHELLE BOAM, Bonneville: Sophomore pitcher struck out 11 and had three hits of her own in 7-0 win over Layton last week. Her efforts, which include a 10-3 record, five shutouts and a .400 batting average, have the Lakers thinking about postseason success. "We're looking for the `Boamer' to get us back to the party," said Bonneville coach Carol Demonge. "She's probably the most focused, serious-minded pitcher I've come across. She practices like she plays - there's a lot of intensity." Boam carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.

SCOTT PRATT, Tooele: Senior recorded 13 strikeouts pitching and drove in three runs on three hits from the plate in 13-2 win over Granite last week. On the year, Pratt owns a .550 batting average with four home runs and 18 RBI. As a pitcher, he is 4-1 with a 1.63 ERA - recording 43 strikeouts in 30 innings. In addition, Pratt has yet to be picked off in 24 stolen base attempts. "Scott is very important to our success," said Tooele coach Stephen Hansen. The fourth-ranked Buffaloes are 11-4 (6-1 in region).

Morris calls it quits

PLANT CITY, Fla. - Jack Morris, one of the best big-game pitchers of his era, retired rather than stick around as something less than the best.

Morris, 39, showed up for training camp trying to win a spot in Cincinnati's rotation. After a week of throwing and one poor exhibition outing, he decided he could no longer be a premier pitcher.

During his 17-year career, he helped three teams win World Series titles - Detroit in 1984, Minnesota in 1991 and Toronto in 1992. He was MVP of the 1991 Series, when he pitched 10 shutout innings to beat Atlanta 1-0 in Game 7.