East Burke Softball Star Hits Safely In 16 Straight At Bats

CONNELLY SPRINGS— East Burke High School softball senior standout Taylor Burkhalter earned her way into the North Carolina High School Record Book.

Burkhalter had 16 consecutive hits over a five-game span before her streak was snapped.

It started on March 28 against Bandys, with hits in her last two at bats in a 6-0 victory. Then she went four for four in a 7-4 win over South Iredell, followed by three hits in three trips in a 5-2 victory against Bunker Hill.

Against Newton-Conover in the next game, on April 17, Burkhalter was again a perfect four for four as her team beat Newton-Conover 11-0. Then against West Caldwell on April 20, Taylor had three hits in three trips and also was hit by a pitch before she hit into a fielder’s choice that ended her streak of hitting safely.

Burkhalter had 11 singles and 5 doubles in her hitting spree.

Her 16 consecutive hits dropped a 13-consecutive hit performance recently achieved by Providence Grove’s Cassidy Brown into second place all time.