It didn’t take long for Alexa Peterson to make a name for herself in the National Pro Fastpitch league. She singled in her first at-bat and hit a home run her next time up.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has followed her career from the prep level to the pros.
Peterson, a 5-foot-8 utility player from Salem, Ore., was named all-state in each of her four seasons of high school ball at South Salem. As a senior shortstop in 2010, Peterson earned first team All-Oregon honors after batting .537 with a .875 slugging percentage with 15 extra base hits, including five home runs, and knocked in 36 runs. Peterson was also first team all-state as a junior. She was selected to the honorable mention all-state team as a sophomore and the second team as a freshman.
That success led Peterson to the University of Oregon, where she finished her career with a .360 batting average, 126 runs scored, 30 home runs and 153 RBI. She also drew 73 walks and left Eugene with a career .988 fielding percentage.
With Peterson on the roster, the Ducks finished 193-54-1 during that four-year stretch. Peterson started 227 games in her college career and helped the Ducks reach the College World Series in two of those four seasons.
Peterson collected plenty of hardware in college including being named All-Pacific Region and All-PAC-12 four times each. She also was named to the All-World Series team as a sophomore and earned NFCA First Team All-America honors as a junior.
Four days after graduating from Oregon, Peterson made her professional debut for the USSSA Pride, who selected Peterson with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NPF draft.
Peterson batted .389 for the Pride that season then played two years for the Pennsylvania Rebellion and one year with the Chicago Bandits before signing with the Cleveland Comets earlier this year.
In four seasons of NPF play, Peterson is batting .266 with 18 doubles, 8 home runs and 37 RBI.
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How old were you when you started playing softball and why did you stick with it?
“I started playing tee ball when I was four,” Peterson said. “I played basketball, volleyball, water polo and softball in high school, but I was the best at softball. I wanted to see how far I could go athletically, and softball was going to get me there and, although basketball was my favorite sport growing up, when I reached college, I really fell in love with it and now can’t imagine myself playing another sport.”
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Birthday: April 7
- Nickname: Lex
- Instagram: lex_peterson14
- Twitter: lex_peterson14
- Special Skill (other than softball): “I can juggle a ball, glove and a helmet and I can juggle three softballs while doing a single-leg squat.”
- Second Favorite Sport: Basketball
- Favorite Food: Mexican
- Favorite Singer/Group: Keith Urban
- Favorite Athlete: Tim Tebow
- Last Book You Read: The Daniel Dilemma by Pastor Chris Hodges
- Favorite Quote: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of others.” ~Philippians 2:3-4, and, “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”
- Pregame Ritual: Praying before the National Anthem