2020’s Alexis Peters dreams of becoming a Florida Gator | Youth1

2020’s Alexis Peters dreams of becoming a Florida Gator

Alexis Peters is one of the best players from the Brunswick, GA area in the Class of 2020..

 

The 5-foot-7, 120-pound Peters, who attends Glynn Academy High School, is a dynamic prospect that works as a center fielder, left fielder, right fielder and first baseman.

 

Peters has played for the Tanell 360 Bandits 14u travel ball, Diamond Crushers 14u and 16u travel ball teams as well a being a varsity starter for Glynn Academy Varsity each of her first two years of high school.

 

During her outstanding youth softball career, Peters has already received plenty of recognition, such as:  Five-time Glynn County All-Star,  two-time Georgia 14u All-Star state finalist, Glynn Academy softball team’s Most Improved Player, 2017 Under Armour showcase invitee.

 

Peters is humbled for the opportunities to showcase her skills.

 

“These awards mean that my hard work is paying off but I need to work harder and continue to strive to do better,” Peters said. “It was a great experience to play in the events. It helped me get better and learn how to be a better teammate.”

 

No matter the opponent, on each play Peters is determined to give it his all.

 

Peters is going all out.

 

The motor is always at full throttle whenever Peters steps between the lines.

 

“My mindset is to do my job on the field and to help others around me,” Peters said.

 

Peters has great passion and energy whenever she’s on the diamond. Peters tells why she enjoys the game of softball so much.

 

“Having fun and working together with other people,” Peters said. “I love being able to express myself through a sport I have loved from the first day I played.”

 

Peters has learned many valuable lessons from playing softball that she applies to her everyday life.

 

The main one is applying perspective to all situations.

 

“Playing softball has taught me to do what you love and what makes you happy and have fun,” Peters said.

 

Peters recalls her favorite softball memory.

 

“My favorite memory is probably the car/bus rides to games,” Peters said. “These experiences brought me closer to my teammates as we bonded.”

 

Jim Horton has coached Peters for two years with Glynn Academy.

 

Horton explains the best parts of Peter’s game.

 

“Her skill set includes above average speed, good arm and the ability to get good jumps as the ball leaves the bat. Defensively, I am impressed by the jumps she gets on the ball. She is fast but what makes her special is the ability to get such a good read as the ball comes off the bat,” Horton said. “Offensively, she is improving every day as a hitter. She is coming to understand what her offensive game is – to hit line drives and put the ball on the ground so she can use her speed to put pressure on the defense. She has the ability to hit balls in the gap and also bunt for hits.”

 

Peters takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Peters makes sure she’s a daily positive influence on her peers.

 

“I demonstrate being a good teammate by encouraging them that I have their back and we are family and helping them get better on the field in any way I can,” Peters said. “I tell them to do your best and believe in yourself.”

 

Horton adds that Peters is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.

 

“From a leadership perspective – Alexis shows up everyday and works hard. She does not lead by vocal cheerleading although she is supportive of her teammates,” Horton said. “Her leadership abilities are primarily in setting the example of hard work and being coachable each and every day.”

 

Peters is appreciative of having amazing role models that are supportive.

 

“I’ve learned that on the field that we have to play together as a unit and that the team doesn’t consist of one person. We have to be humble and appreciate each other,” Peters said. “The best advice is that you play how you practice. So I practice hard because I’m going to play hard.”

 

Horton is an advocate of Peters’ capabilities.

 

“Alexis has the ability to change the game both offensively and defensively. At the plate she has the green light to bunt for a hit at any time. She has often caught the defense by surprise and laid down the perfect bunt and beat it out with her speed to give us an offensive spark,” Horton said. “Defensively, she has made a number of huge defensive plays that have gotten us out of a jam. One particular incident was last year in a key region game against our cross-town rival. Alexis was playing left field when a low line drive was hit directly at her. This is one of the hardest reads for an outfielder. She read the flight of the ball instantly, got a great break on it and made a sportscenter top 10 sliding catch to get us out of the inning.”

 

In addition to making clutch plays, Peters also has a high level of softball IQ as well.

 

Peters has excellent awareness that puts her in position to thrive.

 

“She studies the game and remembers tendencies of opposing batters throughout the course of the game. She adjusts her defensive positioning without having to be coached up,” Horton said. “Offensively, she has a knack for knowing the right time to lay down a bunt for hit to catch the defense off guard. She is also a savvy baserunner when it comes to taking an extra base when the opposing defense makes a minor mistake.”

 

Peters is on the grind to perfect and hone her craft in any way possible.

 

“Alexis takes instruction well. She is not a player that is offended by being coached,” Horton said. “She takes all instruction and uses it to become a better player.”

 

Peters admires the play of this college softball player.

 

“I look up to Aleshia Ocasio of the Florida Gators because she does what is needed for her team and has fun doing it,” Peters said. “We don’t play the same position but she is awesome.”

 

Peters is constantly striving for greatness in everything that she does.

 

“I want to be the best player in the state of Georgia and to do great in life whether it’s on the field or in life,” Peters said. “I want to succeed and as long as I have God in my life I will.”

 

Peters dreams of becoming the next great Florida Gator.

 

“I love their vibes and the way they play for each other,” Peters said.

Peters lists history as her favorite subject in school.

 

“I love to learn about past events that shaped the world today,” Peters said.

 

Horton outlines the next areas of improvement for Peters.

 

“Right now, we are just working mainly on some mental aspects of the game where she develops a stronger understanding of what her strengths are both offensively and defensively. Our goal is to take what she does well and help her to do them even better,” Horton said. “An example offensively is she is coming to see how well she hits the ball from gap to gap. As such, she works hard in hitting drills to keep her hands in the right position to hit balls in those areas. We have also talked about where she primarily hits balls that result in outs and targeted drills to avoid that trend.”

 

Horton believes the sky is the limit as long as Peters continues to stay hungry.  

 

“Alexis is a well rounded player and I believe she has a big upside. One of her greatest gifts, outside of athletic ability is the desire and ability to be coached. When you have a mix of being coachable and being talented it is a great combination,” Horton said. “I have no doubt that Alexis is capable of playing at the next level if she continues to work on improving her skills. She is talented and a student of the game. I look forward to watching her career develop and seeing her playing in college in the future.”

 

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