Rosepine head coach Jeff Smith knew he had a great group of players returning to the Eagle baseball squad for the 2010 campaign.

Rosepine head coach Jeff Smith knew he had a great group of players returning to the Eagle baseball squad for the 2010 campaign. But little did he know he would get one key addition to his team. Samuel Peterson enrolled at Rosepine for his final semester in high school, joining the Eagles at midterm. It could have been a difficult situation for all involved. However, it turned out quite well for the Eagles and their new diamond mate. "Samuel knew these guys quite well. He grew up playing baseball with most of them," Smith said. "He fit right in and they were all really supportive of each other. He was a part of the family from the get go." The addition of Peterson to an already stacked lineup allowed the Eagles to pick up a school-record 25 wins and its first Class 2A district title in baseball. As a result, Peterson has been chosen as the Most Valuable Player on the all-Vernon Parish baseball team, as selected by the sports department of the Leesville Daily Leader. With a fastball that can reach 91 miles per hour, the right-handed Peterson gave the Eagles another arm in their already solid stable, which already included Brandon Russell and Randall Aycock. "Samuel gave us some stability on the mound this year," Smith said. "He had eight wins on the mound and he gave us solid play behind the plate as well." Peterson had a record of 8-1 on the season with a 2.20 earned run average. In 54 innings of work, he struck out 100 batters. And the only loss he suffered came in the playoffs against eventual Class 2A state champion Northlake Christian and its standout pitcher Bryan Picou. When Peterson wasn't on the hill, he was on the other end of the battery as the catcher. As the leadoff hitter, Peterson batted .447 with a team-high seven home runs. He also scored 42 times on the season and drove in 27 RBIs. He was named the District 4-2A Most Valuable Player by the coaches in the league and was a first-team all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Peterson, who has already enrolled at Louisiana State University, also played in the Louisiana High School Coaches Association all-star games and was picked as the Most Valuable Player on the all-Beauregard Daily News team. According to Smith, Peterson will likely pitch and catch for LSU. Peterson is a two-time all-state pick in baseball as he was first-team all-state in 2009 on the Class 4A team when he played at DeRidder. Earlier during this school year, Peterson was an honorable mention all-stater in football as he led the Dragons to an 8-3 record and their first playoff appearance in more than a decade. Peterson played quarterback and defensive back for the Dragons. "Samuel was just a pleasure to coach, even if it was just for this year," Smith said. "You couldn't ask for a better kid. He is blessed with talent and a great attitude and work ethic. He's just a great kid." Peterson is the son of Dale and Rose Peterson.