Wake Forest-Rolesville softball pitcher Brittaney Dahle has been outstanding her entire high school career, but she was at her best Tuesday during a 21-strikeout, eight-inning 2-1 Cap Eight 4A victory against Millbrook.
“I had no idea that I had that many strikeouts until the game was over,” Dahle said. “My drop curve was working very well and so was my riser.”
She got the other three outs on pop-ups. Millbrook picked up its run with a leadoff walk in the fifth inning, Dahle’s only walk of the game, and an RBI double by Maya Alston.
The 21 strikeouts was a career high for Dahle, who has 63 strikeouts this season. Her career record is 84-14 and she is 7-1 this season.
“She seemed to get stronger, the longer the game went. Her movement and her velocity increased,” Rolesville coach Doug Kinsman said.
“The weather has been so cool this spring that this was our first really pretty day to play. I think she got to loosen up. It was the most dominating that I’ve seen her.”
Dahle said she was nervous for much of the game. “But when I got it going, I got confident and focused.”
The victory continued the Cougars’ 142-game conference winning streak and pushed Rolesville to 7-1. Rolesville was scheduled to play Wednesday night against Southern Alamance in a nonconference game. The Cougars play Leesville Road Thursday at 4 p.m., in a Cap Eight game..
Dahle’s 21 strikeouts won’t land her a spot in the N.C. High School Athletic Association record book. The NCHSAA record for strikeouts in a game is held by Kayla Richardson of Ashe County, who struck out 40 in a 26-inning, 2-0 win over North Surry in 2005.
The record for a seven-inning game is 24 (uncaught third strikes allowed batters to reach base) by Morgan Childers of Southwestern Randolph on June 3, 2006. She also had a 23-strikeout performance that same day against Harnett Central.