Norman's Ashlyn Peterson – Character Counts Presented by Integris Norman Express Care

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By John Tranchina

Ashlyn Peterson has worked hard this summer preparing for the 2018 softball season, seeking to improve her own performance while also stepping up as one of the few starting upperclassmen on what looks to be a young Norman High team.

Peterson, a junior pitcher and first baseman for a Tigers squad that finished 17-15 and reached the Regional playoffs last season, has begun to take on more of a leadership role, after Norman graduated a number of seniors.

“I feel like they’re always looking up to me because I’m more of an upperclassman now, and I’m always usually pretty calm about whenever I tell them to do something a little better,” Peterson said. “I didn’t have that much responsibility (last year), I didn’t have to be a leader, but this year, definitely, I have to be more of a leader, just because we lost so many.”

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Despite the team’s general inexperience, Peterson believes the Tigers can still have a successful season.

“We’re a young team, I guess, since we lost like four or five of our seniors from last year, but I think we’re going to do pretty good this year,” said Peterson, who usually bats third or fourth in the Tigers’ lineup. “I think we’ll do really good toward the end of the season, when we start becoming more of a team. Hopefully, we’ll go to state this year.”

Peterson herself has put in considerable effort on sharpening multiple facets of her game in order to do her part. It’s just one more way she is proving to be a role model that all the younger Tiger players can look up to.

“Throughout the summer, I’ve been working on getting my curveball down, and I’ve been taking lessons to help that, and working on my movement,” Peterson said of her off-season workout regimen, which includes playing for the Tulsa Elite club squad. “And I have a hitting coach in Oklahoma City, I go to her once or twice a week and then I have hitting with my travel ball team twice a week and then I have school ball every single day. I get lots of reps in.”