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Female Athlete of the Year: Erica Nunn

Getting Erica Nunn out was hard. Getting a hit off her was even harder.

Whether it was at the plate or in the circle, the Holly Springs senior was as dominant as any player Wake County has seen in a single season.

The county’s first player to reach 1,000 strikeouts for a career (including 334 this season) also posted one of the highest batting averages for a season, batting .612 this year (ranks second for a Wake County player) for the 4A state runner-up Golden Hawks. In Game 1 of the state championship series, she threw a no-hitter against the country’s No. 7 team (yet lost the game 2-0) to give her six on the season.

Holly Springs won its second consecutive East regional final, thanks in large part to Nunn’s left arm and her bat.

She struck out 22 in an extra-innings contest against Apex in the fourth round of the state playoffs and 19 in a regular-season seven-inning game against Cary (tied for 11th-most in state history). She ended the year with team-highs in RBIs (36) and home runs (three).

Nunn, who will play at South Florida next year, won conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. She ended her career eighth in state history for strikeouts (1,116) and seventh in wins (79).