CHICAGO –Tyler Peper, a centerfielder out of New Palestine High School in New Palestine, Ind., has recently signed a letter of intent to continue both his athletic and academic career at Saint Xavier University as a member of the Cougar baseball program. As a senior at New Palestine, Peper hit .392 with 22 runs scored, 23 walks and an on-base percentage of .534. The speedster also was a threat on the base paths stealing 19 bases out of 23 attempts. Peper played under Al Cooper at New Palestine, who coached his final season with the Dragons this past spring, and will now join former high school teammate David Gunst, who signed with the Cougars earlier this summer.
Peper is the son of Brett Peper and Sally Loutt. The Dragons posted a 24-4 record during the 2011 season and won their sixth consecutive Hoosier Heritage Conference (HHC) championship. New Palestine also finished the season ranked No. 2 in Class 3A by the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association. Peper was part of three sectional championship teams from 2008-10 and a regional championship team in 2010. Also a two-year starter at wide receiver for the New Palestine football team, Peper helped lead the Dragons to a combined 19-5 record and won both a HCC title and the school’s first Class 4A sectional championship.
"Signing Tyler was a great addition for our program," said Mike Dooley, head baseball coach at Saint Xavier University. "He has a lot of speed and that will ultimately help us score runs and generate offense. Tyler also gives us some quality depth in our outfield. Plus, coming from an impressive program like New Palestine, he knows what it takes to win and be successful."