Tamara “T” Statman became the first pitcher to record 1,000 career strikeouts from 43 feet in Arizona state high school history Monday.
She is only the third pitcher nationally to reach that milestone from that distance, which went into effect five or six years ago depending on the state. The distance was previously 40 feet.
Statman, from Horizon High (Scottsdale), needed three strikeouts against Boulder Creek (Anthem, Ariz.) and recorded No. 1,000 by striking out the leadoff hitter in the second inning.
The Arizona signee and American Family Insurance ALL-USA Preseason Softball Team selection had 205 strikeouts on the season in 140 1/3 innings pitched entering the game. She had 289 strikeouts as a junior.
For her career, she has averaged 1.5 strikeouts per inning.
Horizon improved to 20-6 with a 6-3 victory after starting the season 13-0. Statman has recorded all 20 victories. The win Monday was the 80th of her career.