With a 70 mph fastball and a 4.0 GPA, some of the country’s top universities battled for Eagle High pitcher Gabi Peters.
The race ended Sunday when the incoming senior verbally committed to a full-ride scholarship from Stanford as part of its 2019 recruiting class.
“It’s been my dream school since I can remember,” Peters said. “I’ve always wanted to play there. This opportunity was incredible and I couldn’t pass it up.”
Peters said she chose Stanford over offers from Seattle, Cal State Fullerton, Montana and San Diego. She added she was in early discussions with Harvard, Princeton and Oregon State.
Stanford’s coaches flew to Colorado over the weekend to watch Peters play for her club team, the Northwest Bullets, and offered her the scholarship. Peters accepted it on the spot, citing the school’s academic reputation.
“I like being challenged in school, and just a degree from that school gives you so much,” said Peters, who wants to become a doctor. “It’s just a special thing. Not a lot of people get that.”
Peters led Eagle (28-3-1) to the 5A state championship game this spring where the Mustangs fell just short of their fourth straight championship. She went 11-2 with a 1.39 ERA in the pitcher’s circle as a junior, striking out 176 in 106 innings. She also hit .474 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs, slugging 1.000 for the season.
Peters said Stanford recruited her to pitch but also will allow her to hit.
She was named to the first team of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association West Region team on Monday. She's the only player not from California or Arizona.
Peters hit 70 mph on the radar gun for the first time two weeks ago in Portland. Even with all the Division I talent flowing out of the Eagle softball program, Mustangs coach Nicole Rollins said she’s never seen any pitcher in Idaho hit 70 mph.
“I think Stanford is the perfect place for her,” Rollins said. “The coaches asked her a couple months ago to work on a couple things, and Gabi is the type to dive in and do whatever it takes.”