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Coach Update: Alexa Peterson

This is Alexa Peterson letting you know what I’ve been up to! I just got back from the Netherlands where I spent two weeks playing in their professional league for the Haarlem Sparks.

It was my first time to Europe, and I really enjoyed my experience. I felt right at home (I’m from Oregon) with how green it was, and the unpredictable weather, where one minute it’s cloudy and raining and the next it’s sunny. But was quite shocked by how small and windy the roads were, all the tiny cars, and how many bikes there were!

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I met some pretty awesome people, and learned about a whole new culture involving lots of Stroopwaffles, cheese, and bread! All were so delicious! While I was there, I played well hitting .550 with 4 homeruns. I look forward to going back mid-August to mid-October, after my NPF season is finished.

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Next week I will start playing with the USSSA Florida Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch League. It will be my 6th season in the league and I’m excited to return to the Pride where I was originally drafted to out of college! You can check out our game schedule at USSSApride.com and subscribe to FloSports.tv to watch on live stream.

Last season I played for the Cleveland Comets where I hit .270 and was 3rd in the league in OBP (.443), tied for 5th in the league in Homeruns (7), and lead the league in Hit By Pitches (10) and 2nd in Walks (21)! Something I’m very proud of 🙂

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I wish I had the Hitting Vault around when I was a kid. I can only imagine how much better I would be even now, had I started learning the right movements before my junior year of college. That’s when Coach Lisle started coaching me at Oregon, and when I went from a good hitter to a great hitter.

With that said, I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that softball has given me. When I first started playing softball at age 4, I never would have guessed that I would have the opportunity to play at the Women’s College World Series twice, be drafted to play professionally, and be able to see so much of the United States and the world, all because of this great sport.

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For those that might be questioning whether the hard work you as a parent, coach or player are putting in to improve will pay off– I can tell you that it will be worth it. Worth the memories, the triumphs, the failures, the blood, sweat, and tears.

No matter how long before the cleats get hung up, the experiences and life lessons learned are priceless.

Coach Alexa Peterson


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