BRYSON CITY—Kendra Kirkland of Swain County had a record-setting day on Wednesday.
Kirkland smashed four home runs and drove in nine runs in the Lady Devils’ 28-1 softball victory over Robbinsville at Robbinsville.
The senior third baseman set school records for both runs batted in and home runs in a single game, and the four round-trippers earns her a spot in the NCHSAA Record Book as that equals the state record.
Cayla Treadway Madison hit four home runs against Charles D. Owen on March 22, 2013, in a 16-1 Madison victory, the only other four home run performance in softball.
Going into the Robbinsville contest, Kirkland needed one home run to tie Sarah Davis for the all-time mark for home runs in a career at Swain with 16. Kirkland passed Davis and now has 19 career home runs, most in school history. Kirkland combined with fellow seniors Maggie Sutton and Brianna Stepp to set a new Swain school mark for home runs in a game with six, as Sutton and Stepp each added a home run.
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