Plymouth’s Chase Peters chooses Chargers baseball
PLYMOUTH — When Ancilla signed Plymouth grad Chase Peters, it got not only a multi-talented baseball player but the quintessential team player.
Peters made it official recently when he signed on to play with the Chargers beginning in the 2013 season, and the team is looking forward to seeing what he can do both onfield and in the clubhouse.
“We’re very excited about having Chase join Ancilla,” said Ancilla Head Baseball Coach Joe Yonto. “He’s a quality young man, and he’s a very gifted baseball player and athlete, so being the natural competitor that he is, he’s going to be a great fit on and off the field. We’re going to look for him to sort of help solidify the outfield and be a good team leader. With his speed and his abilities, it’s just going to be a nice plus for the baseball team.”
Peters is a three-year starter for Pilgrims baseball as well as a four-year football player for the Rockies.
During his senior baseball season, he hit .418 with 17 RBI and 32 runs scored as well as providing a solid, speedy presence in centerfield. With little returning pitching experience returning at the start of the season, Peters also lent a hand on the mound this year.
“He batted .418, scored a lot of runs, made a lot of great plays from the outfield. He even tried to pitch for us this year, his first year pitching to help us out when we were short-handed,” said Plothow. “He did everything that was asked. We moved him to the leadoff spot, which probably cost him some RBIs, but his on-base percentage was really good.”
“He had a great senior year. Stat-wise it’s definitely warranted, but he’s also earned it in other ways.”
“I guess from my junior to my senior year I had to be more of a leader, and it wasn’t just about my personal stats, it was about whatever I had to do to help out the team the most,” said Peters. “That’s basically what I did.”
For his efforts, Peters was awarded an All-Northern Lakes Conference First Team selection and was chosen both for the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association’s 38th Annual North-South All-Star Series to be played July 14-15 at Ruxer Field in Jasper, as well as the Class 3A Indiana Elite All-Star Game at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis last Saturday, which ended in a 10-10 tie due to the official time limit. Peters started in center and cranked out a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the contest.
“It means a lot. I’ve been working as hard as I possibly can,” said Peters of his all-star accolades. “I’d like to have done better my senior year, but the season I had was pretty good. Overall, that was a huge accomplishment to make both, especially the North-South.”
“All these accolades are definitely earned from his play, but from a coaching standpoint he deserves this as far as being a leader for us and what he accomplished that way,” Plothow said. “Talking about him at the (IHSBCA North-South All-Star) meeting was very easy, and guys understood how important he was to us. It’s always a nice surprise to get a player on the North-South roster, but it wasn’t a shock. A lot of good things to say, even from opposing coaches.”
Peters’ IHSBCA pick also continued something of a legacy as his father Jason also played in the North-South Classic while a high school player.
“It’s like a dream come true, I guess, to see your son do something that you did and to get to live that out as well. You couldn’t be any prouder,” he said.
Peters chose Ancilla partly to make a smoother transition into the next level of play, but he’s hoping he can parlay his two-year stint with the Chargers into something even bigger.
“I chose Ancilla mainly because it’s close and it’s a two-year school. It just seemed like an easier way to go, to start off,” he said. “My whole family’s not used to the college experience, so I figured we’d start out easy and then if I get the chance to play at the bigger levels, I would probably do that.”
Plothow agrees it’s a possibility.
“I think it’s going to be a plus for Ancilla. He’s got a chance to play there for a couple years and maybe go on to the next level. You talk about potential, he’s got it,” he said. “He could be a four or five-tool player. He’s got the speed, he’s got a good arm, he hits the ball well, he runs bases well; he really learned the game in the last year and a half. Ancilla’s getting a really nice ballplayer and somebody that can be pretty effective there for the next couple years.”