Erin Rethlake of the Huntington North High School softball team has been named the 2012-13 Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.
Rethlake is the second Gatorade Indiana Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Huntington North, joining Katie Hackney, who won the award for the 2007-08 school year.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Rethlake as Indiana's best high school softball player. Rethlake is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year award, announced in June.
The 5-foot-9 junior left-handed pitcher led the Lady Vikings, 26-3, to the Semi-State finals this past season. Rethlake posted a 23-1 record and a 0.18 ERA in the circle, compiling 317 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 154 innings pitched. She added a .486 batting average with 14 home runs and 36 RBI. Rethlake is a First Team All-State selection. Rethlake has maintained a 3.75 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth softball programs.
The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball and boys' and girls' track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.