Bethany Hine did more than just bat lead off for the Piper softball team all season. She led in many other ways as well. The only player who played in every game, she topped the Pipers in nearly every offensive category. And she did so despite a midseason move from center field to shortstop.
The rest of the MIAC noticed, too. The Carver, Minn. junior is the lone Piper represented on the 2012 MIAC All-Conference softball team. Her fellow junior, Laura Randall, earned Honorable Mention.
Hine batted a brisk .379 (50-for-132) with 66 total bases( nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 19 RBIs). She had two of the team's four 4-hit games and one of the two 5-RBi games. She also adjusted to his new role, setting the team standard for most assists in a game (six, done twice).
Randall got a late start after playing hockey. She started the season in the infield (mostly at shortstop). But her season... and the Pipers' one ... changed on April 11 when she went to left field and Hine moved to shortstop. Batting in the no. 2 spot in the order, the Spring Lake Park high school grad took off on a 14-game hitting streak that saw her average jump 118 points. She finishes with a .369 average and a team high 11 doubles. Just as importantly, she played perfect defense the rest of the season.
And the best news of all for head coach Jim Rubbelke: both players are expected to return in 2013.
In addition to Hine and Randall, senior Jessica Churchill was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.