Autumn Peterson, Alaina Sayler each sign letter of intent


FARMINGTON — Aztec's Autumn Peterson and Alaina Sayler may be playing different sports on athletic scholarships, but they'll be reunited in one sport at Otero Junior College after each signed a letter of intent with the school on Monday.

Sayler's scholarship will be for softball. Peterson's scholarship will be for soccer, but she will join the softball program as a walk-on.

They're already quite familiar with each other's tendencies after playing softball together at Aztec High School. 

“I won’t be so alone,” Sayler said of reuniting with Peterson. “We definitely have to push each other. We know what we can accomplish.”

In softball, Peterson, an outfielder, said wants to keep building her confidence when playing in big moments. She also looks to become a better hitter and be as mistake-free as possible on defense.

In soccer, Peterson, a midfielder, said she wants to be even more of an impact goal scorer in critical situations. Peterson, who had 18 goals and six assists last season at Aztec, said Otero was looking for an outside wing player who can attack and make plays.

Peterson said a chance to play both sports at the next level was a big factor in committing to Otero J.C., which is located in La Junta, Colorado.

“I’m going to try to make both (sports) work as much as I can,” Peterson said.

Sayler, who hit .259 with three home runs, three stolen bases and 20 RBIs for Aztec last season, said Otero's softball program was drawn to her speed on the bases and how proactive she is pursuing the ball on defense.

“I’m very aggressive,” Sayler said.

She said she wants to improve her bat speed and become more of a power hitter.