There’s a new national single-season softball record, and it’s a whopper.
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Ennis softball star Julia Hollingsworth set a new national mark for most runs scored in a single season. The slugger cracked a three-way tie of 82 runs by scoring run number 83 in her team’s final game of the season, a dispiriting 10-3 loss to Aledo in the Class 4A state final.
Hollingsworth’s record still needs to be confirmed by the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations (NFSS) but there is little concern that it will fail to pass muster. Incredibly, it took a review of her run scoring exploits to determine that she had set the record, with statisticians determining that she was missing credit from two runs scored earlier in the season.
While Hollingsworth’s season ending on a sour note, that hardly puts a damper on her prodigious offensive impact. The junior – who has committed to play at Tulsa in 2016 – hits for average, steals bases and has the power to hold down a slot in the middle of the Ennis lineup if needed.
In short, she’s the whole offensive package, a trait which has never been lost on Ennis coach Rodney McNeil, who made his feelings about her clear in an earlier Morning News profile.
“I was an assistant at [the University of Texas at Arlington], I was the head coach at Texas Wesleyan and I started the softball program at Western Texas College before I came to Ennis,” McNeil told the Morning News. “She is the best offensive player I’ve ever had. She can take over a game.”
She took over plenty of games as a junior by taking a heck of a lot of bases, including more at home than anyone in history.