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Ceo, Peterson Taken in NPF Draft
Release Date: 03/31/2014
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EUGENE, Ore. - The USSSA Pride selected third baseman Courtney Ceo sixth overall and catcher/outfielder Alexa Peterson 11th overall in the National Pro Fastpitch draft, the league announced Monday night. 

"It's incredibly exciting for them to get the opportunity to keep playing on after their collegiate careers," said head coach Mike White. "It's confirmation of their hard work and how much they've both developed over the last four years."

Ceo and Peterson join Jessica Moore (2013), Neena Bryant (2010), Sari-Jane Jenkins (2009), Jenn Poore (2004) and Anissa Meashintubby (2004) as Ducks taken in the NPF draft. 

Both Ceo and Peterson will start their pro careers and can sign contracts following the 2014 season with the Ducks. Teams own the rights to selected players for up to two years following the draft. 

The NPF is made up of four teams - the Chicago Bandits, Akron Racers, Pennsylvania Rebellion and the USSSA Pride (Kissimmee, Fla.). 

The USSSA Pride currently feature former collegiate stars pitcher Cat Osterman (Texas), pitcher Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma), outfielder Caitlin Lowe (Arizona) and shortstop Natasha Watley (UCLA). The Pride won the league's championship a year ago and start their 2014 schedule on May 30. 

As the sixth overall pick, Ceo was the second pick of the second round and as the 11th overall pick Peterson was third pick of the third round. 

Ceo, who is now the Ducks' all-time leader in runs scored with 155, is currently hitting a Pac-12-leading .464 with 28 runs scored and 20 RBIs through 34 games. Peterson is hitting .378 with five home runs and a team-high 37 RBIs, good for the third most in the conference. 

Arizona State pitcher Dallas Escobedo was the first overall pick by the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

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