Lincoln Southwest’s Max Petersen excited to make his own mark with Husker baseball

"I feel like we've always been close to Nebraska baseball," Petersen said. "Walking up those dugout stairs, stepping onto the field, wearing red is going to be really cool."

LINCOLN – Max Petersen always knew he was born to be a Husker.

Which is one of the reasons why the Lincoln Southwest senior-to-be became the first Nebraska baseball commit of the 2021 class.

“I feel like we’ve always been close to Nebraska baseball,” Petersen said. “Walking up those dugout stairs, stepping onto the field, wearing red is going to be really cool.”

Petersen grew up with Big Red baseball. His father, Darin, played for the Huskers in the mid-90s while Max skipped school some days to be Nebraska’s bat boy for mid-afternoon tilts.

“I think that’s what started my little journey to being a Nebraska baseball player,” Petersen said.

Petersen is also excited to play for one of his idols in Nebraska baseball coach Will Bolt.

“I see myself a little bit in him too.”

Petersen, a shortstop like Bolt, said he wasn’t old enough to see his future skipper play in person. But he’s seen plenty of the highlights.

“I’ve seen the replays on TV and it still gives me chills een though I was what? Three years old?” Petersen said. “He played in the College World Series and took Nebraska there.”

And that’s somewhere Peterson hopes to go as well.

In the meantime, he’s looking to add more muscle after a long break in quarantine because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Being unable to play for those two months was hard, so it made me love the game even more,” Petersen said.

He also hopes to create his own legacy with Nebraska baseball.

“I’ve seen it growing up so bringing that intensity and grit to the field is what will make me stand out the most.”

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