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Peterson signs letter of intent for St. Cloud State

Zach Peterson (second from left) was all smiles after signing his letter of intent to play baseball on a partial scholarship at St. Cloud State University. With him is his mother, Naomi, his brother, Colby, and his father, Allan. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Jefferson High School senior shortstop Zach Peterson will officially continue his baseball career next year at St. Cloud State University.

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Peterson signed a letter of intent Wednesday for a partial scholarship to play baseball at SCSU. He was also recruited to play at Southwest State University, Concordia University in St. Paul and Grand View University in Iowa. But after a long recruiting process, he felt SCSU was the best place for him to play baseball and continue his education.

“I felt welcomed, and I really appreciated the coaches,” Peterson said. “They made me feel wanted. I am confident in making my decision there. They have a nice school, good schooling and exactly what I was looking for.”

A close proximity to Alexandria is another reason Peterson said it will be nice attending SCSU. He also likes the recent success of the university’s baseball team. Last season, the Huskies finished in first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a 37-11 overall record.

“I just feel like St. Cloud is moving in the right direction the last couple of years,” Peterson said. “They’ve been playing really good baseball and I want to fit in and keep that going.”

Peterson is now relieved that he has made his decision official and will now focus on his senior year of high school.

“It’s kind of nice to get the decision done because now it’s a relief and I can focus on playing one last year of high school baseball,” he said.

Last spring, Peterson batted .432 for the Cardinals in 25 games. He led the team with 24 RBIs and scored 22 runs, with one home run. Alexandria head coach Russ Hinrichs said he is a team player who bats at the top of the order and can both drive in runs and get on base.

“I’m proud of him,” Hinrichs said. “He’s done all the work to get to this point, him and his parents. They’ve put the time in. I’ve just been fortunate enough to watch it.”

Peterson signed his letter of intent Wednesday in front of his family and high school coaches. His father Allan Peterson said choosing SCSU was a good decision, and he is happy the university is close enough for the family to watch his games.

“This is what he’s worked for and we’re proud of him,” he said. “I think he made a good decision. St. Cloud has a great baseball program and they have some of the nicest facilities in the state to play on.”

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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