MASON CITY -- Mason City High’s Jake Peter has already left a lasting impression on Mohawk baseball fans.
He left a lasting impression on the Creighton University coaching staff, too.
The silky-smooth senior-to-be shortstop has committed to the Blue Jays, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Peter, who began his freshman year starting at second base before shifting to shortstop that same season, already holds the Mason City High career doubles record (38). By the time he’s done playing at Roosevelt Field, coach Troy Rood thinks he will shatter a handful of other records. He’ll be a four-year starter for the Mohawks.
Peter finished his junior campaign hitting .477, coming up just short of setting the single-season batting average record for the Mohawks.
Rood confirmed Peter's commitment this morning.
“During his first practice as a freshman out at NIACC, I told (assistant coach) Dan Mason that this kid could play,” Rood said. “He’s always been about maximizing ability. He has some gifts physically, but his mental capacity is what makes him so good.
“In my opinion, he’s as well rounded of player as there is in the state. I wouldn’t trade Jake Peter for anybody.”
Peter scored a team-high 54 runs, hit 13 doubles, six home runs and had an on-base percentage of .559 for a Mohawks team that advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals. He also led the team with 21 stolen bases.