Holley Sets AHSAA Home Run Record
April 8, 2011Alabama Radio
Pisgah's Holley Sets AHSAA Career Home Run Mark
Pisgah High School senior catcher Shelby Holley slugged two home runs Wednesday in a 13-3 fast pitch softball win over Sardis to give her 19 homers for the season. More importantly, the blasts were the 61st and 62nd of her five-year prep career for Coach Billy Duncan's Eagles and pushed her past former Pisgah standout Holly Currie to become the AHSAA's career home run leader and close to the national record.
For Holley to be included in the NFHS National Record Book, she will have to finish strong this season since her six home runs as an eighth grader are not counted under NFHS record guidelines that limit performances only during a student's freshman, sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She has 56 during that time span.
"Shelby hit 15 home runs as a freshman in 2008 and 18 as a sophomore in 2009," Duncan said. "She injured her elbow last season and managed to hit only four."
Duncan coached Currie from 2000-2003 and said he never thought he would ever see her national record surpassed. "Holly Currie is one of those special athletes who don't come along very often," he said. "But here I am again coaching a player who actually broke that record and has that kind of special talent a coach rarely gets to have on his team. I feel blessed."
Duncan said Holley's 19 home runs this season have come in just 29 games as she faces some of the same obstacles Holly Currie faced in her prep career. "We play a very difficult schedule," he said, "and neither player gets a lot of good pitches to hit."
Class 3A Pisgah (18-10-1) is 8-0 against teams in its class. The Eagles are also 5-2 versus 6A competition with wins over Hoover, Clay-Chalkville and Bob Jones. Both 6A losses were narrow setbacks to Sparkman.
Currie, who played collegiately at Auburn University, set the single-season national prep record with 24 home runs in 2001. She also holds the state and national record for hits in a season (106), is among the leaders in hits for her career (365), RBIs (283) and also was 159-17 pitching with a state-record 52 wins (and just 3 losses) in 2002. Her 1,730 career strikeouts and 562 strikeouts in the 2002 season set state records at the time.
Duncan says Holley, a Jacksonville State commitment, is on pace to set surpass Currie's single-season home run record as well.
"She is an amazing hitter," he said. "I really never thought I would see Holly Currie's records fall."