Covering High School Sports in America
She needed a little extra time, but Jasmine Ennabe set the New York state record for softball strikeouts in a game when she fanned 28 Saturday in a 5-4 win over Brewster that took 13 innings.

According to lohud.com, the senior from Carmel (N.Y.) bested the mark of 27 set last year by Chelsea Hawkins of Wading River (Shoreham), and doing so with a strike zone she said didn't favor low pitches.

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"Hitting the outside corner for me kept a lot of people off balance," Ennabe told the newspaper. "My movement was pretty spot on. The ump wasn't giving me as much as I would like. I think I worked around it."

Neither team scored until international tiebreaker rules were enacted in the 10th inning, putting a runner on second to begin each inning.

"I honestly can't believe it," Ennabe added. "It hasn't hit me yet. It's amazing."

Twenty-eight may sound like a large number of strikeouts, but in the National Federation of State High School Associations record book, it's nowhere close. Part of that reason is that for the category of most strikeouts in a game longer than seven innings, there are some lengthy marathons in there. The national record is 61 strikeouts, set by Alicia Hollowell of Fairfield (Calif.) in a 30-inning game in 2001 that spanned over two days.