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Big Hitters

With seasoned players, Pipers swing for the stars

 

By Dave Wright

One serves mainly as the designated hitter but can play the outfield as well. The other snaps up everything thrown his way at first base. Together, Collin Olstad ’17 (left) and Jacob Picht ’17 make a potent one–two punch for Piper baseball coach Jim Weyandt ’03 when the team plays at CHS Field and elsewhere.

Both swung hefty sticks at the plate in 2016, as Hamline won 28 games (one short of the school record) and advanced to the MIAC tournament. Picht, an Oakdale native who swatted .428 at the plate (third best in the MIAC), was second in the league in on-base percentage (.612). He was so good in the field that he was named to the league’s all-defensive team. 

Olstad, a native of Inver Grove Heights, hit a solid .340 with 15 doubles and 38 RBI. He led the Pipers with a remarkable .517 batting average when leading off an inning.

Numbers like that helped Weyandt be named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2016. With both hitters, as well as a solid mound staff returning, the Pipers look to do even better in 2017.

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