Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Strickland breathes rare air with big day at the plate

When Hunt junior Sam Strickland lit up Southern Nash for nine runs batted in during the Warriors' 17-2 win Monday, he came mighty close to the state record for RBIs in a game.

The N.C. High School Athletic Association record book lists Shawn Gallagher of Wilmington New Hanover and Hope Mills South View's Jason Huffman as the co-holders of the mark with 11 each.

Here is the list from the NCHSAA Web site:

11- Shawn Gallagher (New Hanover), April 28, 1995 (New Hanover 16, Southern Wayne 4)
11- Jason Huffman (South View), March 24, 1999 (South View 23, E.E. Smith 4)
11- Sam Simpson (Croatan), March 2, 2006 (Croatan 31, Jones 0)
10- Tony Lee (Garner) vs. Athens Drive,1983
10- Blake Adams (Four Oaks) vs. Meadow, 1964
10- Ricky Howard (Southern Nash) vs. Louisburg, March 15, 2002

Sam was 3 for 4 and I don't think there was anyone on base when he grounded out in the third inning so he pretty much maximized his RBI chances in the game. It might have helped if it was a five-inning affair but that's the way it goes.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Strickland's nine RBIs are almost certainly a school record and could be a county record as well as a 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference record.

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