Darby Peterson’s final season playing softball at Fairmont State University certainly didn’t go as planned.
The Lady Falcons got off to a rocky start at 1-13.
Then, they’re season came to an abrupt halt when COVID-19 forced the cancellation of collegiate sports all across the country.
With that cancellation, Peterson, who starred on the softball diamond during her days at Ripley High School, saw her time as a college athlete come to a sudden close.
In the end, though, there is indeed a silver lining.
Peterson was recently honored by the school as one of two recipients of the Eston K. Feaster Award.
The award goes annually to the male and female senior student-athletes who maintained the highest overall grade point average among letter winners at the school.
Peterson owned a 3.9 GPA in her final year as an accounting major.
She competed in softball four years at Fairmont after her stellar Ripley career.
Peterson made 64 appearances on the mound, with nine starts during her days at FSU.
She had nine victories and an ERA of 2.81.
In her 169.1 innings of work, Peterson struck out 89 batters and allowed just 68 earned runs.
During her sophomore season as a relief pitcher, Peterson had a 2.26 ERA. Her junior year her ERA was 2.57.
As a freshman, Peterson had a 3.39 ERA and a 3-2 record. She struck out 23 batters in 51.2 innings.
When getting the opportunity to bat, Peterson hit .381 and had a slugging percentage of .429.
As a senior, Peterson had two hits in four trips to the plate.
During her career, she was a three-time Mountain East Conference All-Academic Team selection.
While at Ripley, Peterson earned Class AAA First Team All-State as a senior in 2016. She was also a two-time All-Mountain State Athletic Conference selection.