Living up to Alabama’s nickname of the “Yellowhammer State,” Shelby Holley has been doing some hammering of her own this spring.
The senior softball star from Pisgah (Alabama) High School belted the ball for two national records.
First, she smacked a single-season national record of 35 home runs. Interestingly, she did it in her very last high school at-bat in Pisgah’s 16-2 victory over Geneva High School for the 2011 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 3A state championship. That game was played May 21 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. Under the direction of coach Billy Duncan, that win gave the high-flying Eagles (43-13-1) their seventh AHSAA state title since 1999.
That home run also gave Holley 72 career homers, a second national record. She also hit six home runs as an eighth-grader on the varsity, but the National High School Sports Record Book ‑ an online publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations ‑ recognizes performances for grades 9 through 12 only.
In the process, Holley easily eclipsed the previous career and single-season home run national records held by her near-namesake and fellow Pisgah alum Holly Currie. Currie hit 61 career home runs from 2000 to 2003, and 24 during her sophomore year in 2001.
During her senior year, the versatile Holley collected 54 runs, 16 doubles, 98 RBIs, 55 walks and a .617 batting average.
Holley’s long-ball exploits evidently were contagious, as her teammates collectively amassed a season-long production of 71 team home runs, also a national record. The previous mark of 59 homers was set in 2006 by St. Amant (Louisiana) High School.