Ind. - Huntington North High School softball standout Alyssa Hiple officially
signed to continue her softball career at Huntington University Friday
Viking senior said playing for the Foresters has always been her main goal.
wanted to go to HU to play softball since I was little,” she said. “It has
always kind of been a dream of mine. I really like the campus and the
environment and just everything feels right.”
past the University when I was younger, I remember thinking that it was the big
school or the next step,” she added. “Now I’m blessed to finally get the chance
to play there.”
mother, Amy Hiple, said she was excited for her daughter to play with the
is a very proud moment for me because I’ve watched her worked so hard
physically and mentally to get where she’s at now,” she said. “It’s definitely
been an awesome journey with her.”
Huntington North head coach Paris Seibold said he was sad to see the Third Team
All-State selection go, he thought HU would be getting a quality athlete from
right here at home.
was probably our strongest center fielder we’ve had in a while and kind of a
leader on our team,” the coach said. “She received all of her accolades because
she’s so good with her bat. She also has good work ethic and has put in a lot
of work to get here. Huntington University is getting a very good player with
went onto say that in his 17 years of coaching he didn’t think he’s seen a
center fielder with Hiple’s pure ability to track hits and find a way to make
addition to her defensive skills, Hiple was one of last season’s strongest
recorded hits for the Vikings in all but six games throughout the season.
During the Vikings’ semistate semifinal at Harrison she went 2-of-4 from the
plate with four RBI to really change the atmosphere of the game for the
semistate championship berth.
always had that sense of leadership, but now I think she’s experienced enough that
she knows what she’s capable of and how do it,” Seibold said. “I’ve seen
improvement from her every year and she has gotten better each season with the
total, Hiple was second on the Vikings hitting charts with a .459 batting
average, a .739 slugging percentage and a .504 on-base percentage. She slammed
34 homeruns during 111 total at bats while recording one RBI in roughly every
three at bats.
University head coach Doug Gower said he was excited about having a local
player suit up in the green and black.
very excited about having a good, young player from Huntington,” he said. “We
haven’t had one in a few years. We’re not exactly sure where she’ll be playing
yet, but we’re not really worried about that because she’s a great athlete and
a very clutch hitter.
foresee her hitting in the middle of our lineup with her strength in batting.”