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Lady Gov Credits Softball for Success On and Off Field

7/11/2019

Dothan, Ala.— Hannah “Turtle” Peters has spent most of her life on the softball field. From hitting practice to workouts, the sport has been on her mind for years. As she walked off the field for the last time, she cried. But they were happy tears.

“It was very bittersweet. We cried a lot, the whole team did. But at the same time, it was a happy cry because we made it far. We made it in the top six,” Peters said. “It was definitely something to be proud of, but at the same time, I was really sad that I wasn’t going to see these people every day again.”

As a right fielder for the Wallace Community College-Dothan Lady Govs softball team, Peters got to travel to Utah for the NJCAA National Tournament, where they finished number five in the country this year.

Softball wasn’t just something she was good at, it was something that she loved, and that she got to do with her dad, Will Peters, by her side.

“That was our thing, together,” Hannah said. “I think it was just as much fun for him as it was for me. I think he is very proud because we did this together.”

Will said watching his daughter on the college field was a dream come true.

“That’s something that me and her always did together, since she was a little girl. She got started playing, and she was really good from the start,” Will said. “It’s a dream come true. That was our dream together.”

Will played ball growing up and had an offer to play in college, but didn’t take the scholarship. Seeing Hannah succeed through college has been more than he could have imagined.

“To see her do that well, I couldn’t be any prouder,” Will said. “If I was going to get up a team right now and go play any team in the world, she’d be the first player I took. Not because she’s my daughter, but because I know what kind of ball player she is.”

Hannah knew she wanted to play in college and, being from Ariton, she knew she wanted to play where she could be close to home and have her family be able to attend her games.

“Coming to Wallace was the best thing for me,” Hannah said. “It was really great. I wanted to be able to still live at home and for my parents to see me play.”

When she walked on to the Wallace field for the first time as a player, Hannah was nervous. It wouldn’t be long though before she was just having fun.

“My freshman year, I was really nervous because you’re fighting for your spot all the time. By the time we got to state, I got really close with everybody,” she said. “Your freshman year, it takes a little while to get comfortable. My sophomore year, the whole year was fun.”

Hannah said her team this year was extremely close, and she couldn’t have chosen a better team to be part of. 

“I became really good friends with everybody this year. This is the closest team that I’ve ever been on,” Hannah said. “I think that this is the most fun that I’ve ever had with a team.”

Hannah also credits her success to her coaches, David Russo and Claire Goodson, who she said helped instill more than just the skills of the game.

“Softball helped me grow up a lot, take criticism better and it helped me to get over my mistakes. It helped me to work, because you’re working for your position. It teaches you good work ethic,” Hannah said. “You’re always wanting to be the best in everything and I think it really helps you in the classroom, too.”

Though she won’t be stepping back on the field as a player, Hannah is hoping she will have the opportunity to coach and lead a team of her own one day.

Hannah plans to graduate from Wallace with an Associates in Science and would like major in elementary education.

“I have a new goal now – to coach,” Hannah said.

 

Wallace Community College is a member of the Alabama Community College System, which is the state’s single largest system of public higher education. With campuses in Dothan and Eufaula, Wallace enrolls 4,600 credit students every term in its academic, health, and career technical programs. The College also serves approximately 3,000 students annually through adult education, workforce training programs, and continuing education. Area high school students take dual enrollment courses through Wallace to get an early start on their college education. 

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