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High school softball: Career strikeout leaders with 1,500 or more punchouts

Hillary Phillip's 2,463 career strikeouts might be an unbreakable record.

2021-June-11
When it comes to unbreakable records, Hillary Phillips of Ider (Ala.) and her 2,463 career strikeouts might be the toughest to top. With the 2010 move of the pitching rubber back from 40 feet to 43 feet, strikeouts have been harder to come by, thus making Phillips' total the Mount Everest of high school softball records.

The closest any pitcher has come to threatening Phillips' mark in the past decade is Annie Willis, who finished with 1,975 strikeouts in 2017. However, Willis played six years (same as Phillips) and still comes up nearly 500 strikeouts short. Consider that the highest strikeout total during the 2021 season was 420 strikeouts by Hannah Price of Rogers (Florence, Ala.).

Phillips tops MaxPreps list of high school softball pitchers with over 1,500 career strikeouts. And while Phillips' mark is certainly impressive, Alicia Hollowell's career total might be more so.

A four-year starter at Fairfield (Calif.), Hollowell averaged 582 strikeouts a season. She also averaged 15.7 strikeouts per game during a 131-17 career. Anna Thompson, No. 3 on the career strikeouts list, comes in next with 13.0 strikeouts per game during a 151-27 career.

Michele Granger of Valencia (Placentia, Calif.) was the first pitcher to notch more 1,500 career strikeouts (when not counting fall and spring/summer seasons combined). She finished her career in 1988 with 1,635 strikeouts - which was 511 strikeouts more than previous record holder Samantha Ford of Newhall (Hart), who had 1,124 from 1982-85.

Granger held the record until 1992 when Michelle Martin of Columbus (Columbus Junction, Iowa) finished in 1992 with 1,781 strikeouts over a five-year career. Paige Stamp of Lisbon (Iowa) took over the top spot in 1996 with 1,975 strikeouts and Jen Bice of Woodward-Granger (Iowa) took her place in 1999 with 2,175. Hollowell moved the bar to 2,328 in 2002 and Phillips claimed No. 1 in 2009.

Sources for the list include the National Federation of High Schools Record Book, state association record books, MaxPreps leaderboards, Cal-Hi Sports Record Book by Mark and Nelson Tennis and research with newspapers.com.
Rachel Fox, Fort Bend Christian Academy
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Rachel Fox, Fort Bend Christian Academy
All-Time high school softball strikeout career leaders

HiIlary Phillips
Career Total: 2,463
School: Ider (Ala.)
Years: 2004-09
Highest Single Season Total: 550 (2006)

Alicia Hollowell
Career Total: 2,328
School: Fairfield (Calif.)
Years: 1999-2002
Highest Single Season Total: 641 (2000), 636 (2001), 559 (2002)

Anna Thompson
Career Total: 2,322
School: Grissom (Huntsville, Ala.)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 657 (2006), 613 (2004)

Sammy Snygg
Career Total:
2,208
School: North Polk (Alleman, Iowa)
Years: 2005-09
Highest Single Season Total: 472 (2009), 451 (2005), 450 (2007), 437 (2008),

Jen Bice
Career Total: 2,175
School: Woodward-Granger (Woodward, Iowa)
Years: 1996-99
Highest Single Season Total: 570 (1997)

Meagan Novotny
Career Total: 2,132
School: Turkey Valley (Jackson Junction, Iowa)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 506 (2008)

LaTonya Coates
Career Total: 1,999
School: Bangor (Mich.)
Years: 1998-2001
Highest Single Season Total: 553 (1999)

Lauren Seibert
Career Total: 1,979
School: West Morgan (Trinity, Ala.)
Years: 2004-09
Highest Single Season Total: 580 (2008), 576 (2009)

Paige Stamp
Career Total: 1,975
School: Lisbon (Iowa)
Years: 1993-96
Highest Single Season Total: 590 (1996)

Annie Willis
Career Total: 1,975
School: Westminster Christian (Huntsville, Ala.)
Years: 2012-17
Highest Single Season Total: 583 (2016)

Montana Fouts
Career Total: 1,964
School: East Carter (Grayson, Ky.)
Years: 2012-18
Highest Single Season Total: 481 (2018), 479 (2016)

Cara Goodwin
Career Total: 1,929
School: Good Hope (Cullman, Ala.)
Years: 2009-13
Highest Single Season Total: 525 (2012)

Lindsey Fadnek
Career Total: 1,925
School: Coalfield (Tenn.)
Years: 2009-12
Highest Single Season Total: 567 (2012)

Alexis Silkwood
Career Total: 1,907
School: Marquette Catholic (Alton, Ill.)
Years: 2010-13
Highest Single Season Total: 501 (2011), 500 (2012), 463 (2010), 443 (2013)

Rachelle Fico

Career Total: 1,886
School: Masuk (Monroe, Conn.)
Years: 2006-09
Highest Single Season Total: 486 (2007, 2008), 482 (2009), 432 (2006)

Dallas Escobedo
Career Total: 1,882
School: St. Mary's (Phoenix)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 510 (2010)

Kirsten Allen
Career Total: 1,865
School: Ryle (Union, Ky.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 478 (2008, 2006), 451 (2007)

Cara Law
Career Total: 1,843
School: Saks (Anniston, Ala.)
Years: 2005-09
Highest Single Season Total: 512 (2006)

Sarah Sigrest
Career Total: 1,816
School: Daphne (Ala.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 622 (2008)

Megan Rhodes
Career Total: 1,807
School: Lipscomb Academy (Nashville, Tenn.)
Years: 2001-04
Highest Single Season Total: 502 (2004)

Michelle Martin
Career Total: 1,781
School: Columbus (Columbus Junction, Iowa)
Years: 1988-92
Highest Single Season Total: 513 (1991)

Stacy Delaney
Career Total: 1,741
School: Freeland (Mich.)
Years: 2002-05
Highest Single Season Total: 558 (2005)

Chelsea Sundberg
Career Total: 1,736
School: Olivet (Mich.)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 597 (2010)

Holly Currie
Career Total: 1,730
School: Pisgah (Ala.)
Years: 2000-03
Highest Single Season Total: 567 (2002)

Brittany Barnhill
Career Total: 1,715
School: Northwest (Justin, Texas)
Years: 2004-07
Highest Single Season Total: 485 (2007)

Leanna Johnson
Career Total: 1,714
School: Brantley (Ala.)
Years: 2013-18
Highest Single Season Total: 472 (2017)

Andrea Palmer

Career Total: 1,704
School: Waterloo (Ala.)
Years: 2001-2005
Highest Single Season Total: 501 (2005)

Katie Brown
Career Total: 1,688
School: Spirit Lake (Iowa)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 444 (2006)

Taylor West

Career Total: 1,664
School: Saks (Anniston, Ala.)
Years: 2008-13
Highest Single Season Total: 610 (2013)

Aspen Wesley
Career Total: 1,651
School: Neshoba Central (Philadelphia, Miss.)
Years: 2015-19
Highest Single Season Total: 349 (2017), 335 (2019)

Lindsey Dunlap

Career Total: 1,644
School: Hueytown (Ala.)
Years: 2004-08
Highest Single Season Total: 440 (2008)

Kayla English
Career Total: 1,642
School: Fort Worth Christian (North Richland Hills, Texas)
Years: 2008-11
Highest Single Season Total: 522 (2011)

Erica Strutz
Career Total: 1,637
School: Hartland (Mich.)
Years: 1993-96
Highest Single Season Total: 493 (1996)

Penny Cope
Career Total: 1,637
School: Carlisle (Iowa)
Years: 1994-97
Highest Single Season Total: 505 (1996)

Michele Granger
Career Total: 1,635
School: Valencia (Placentia, Calif.)
Years: 1985-88
Highest Single Season Total: 509 (1987)

Jenna Ignowski
Career Total: 1,625
School: Niles (Mich.)
Years: 2006-09
Highest Single Season Total: 498 (2009)

Kelly Schade
Career Total: 1,619
School: Clarke (Osceola, Iowa)
Years: 1991-95
Highest Single Season Total: 506 (1995)

Katie Bertelsen
Career Total: 1,619
School: Monmouth United (Monmouth, Ill.)
Years: 2008-11
Highest Single Season Total: 477 (2009)

Jordan Ingalls

Career Total: 1,603
School: Bolivar-Richburg (Bolivar, N.Y.)
Years: 2003-08
Highest Single Season Total: 361 (2006)

Samantha Hendrix
Career Total: 1,600
School: Madison Academy (Madison, Ala.)
Years: 2001-06
Highest Single Season Total: 377 (2006)

Meghan Harbuck
Career Total:
1,598
School: Baker (Mobile, Ala.)
Years: 2003-07
Highest Single Season Total: 542 (2007)

Rachel Fox
Career Total: 1,585
School: Fort Bend Christian Academy (Sugar Land, Texas)
Years: 2007-10
Highest Single Season Total: 438 (2010)

Anjelica Selden

Career Total: 1,552
School: Vanden (Fairfield, Calif.)
Years: 2001-04
Highest Single Season Total: 536 (2004)

Hilary Mavromat
Career Total: 1,551
School: Scottsboro (Ala.)
Years: 2006-10
Highest Single Season Total: 380 (2007)

Tammy Nielsen
Career Total: 1,548
School: Fremont (Neb.)
Years: 1997-2000
Highest Single Season Total: 463 (2000), 444 (1999)

Chelsea Wallace

Career Total: 1,548
School: Danville (Ky.)
Years: 2003-08
Highest Single Season Total: 404 (2008)

CheyAnne Gaskey
Career Total: 1,545
School: Butler County (Morgantown, Ky.)
Years: 2007-11
Highest Single Season Total: 434 (2010)

Kirsten Shortridge
Career Total: 1,544
School: Keller (Texas)
Years: 2003-06
Highest Single Season Total: 438 (2006)

Katie Layne
Career Total: 1,539
School: Hogan (Vallejo, Calif.)
Years: 1998-2001
Highest Single Season Total: 441 (1999)

Jessie Granger
Career Total: 1,536
School: Troy (Mich.)
Years: 2002-05
Highest Single Season Total: 449 (2005)

Becky Abner
Career Total: 1,533
School: North Laurel (London, Ky.)
Years: 2002-08
Highest Single Season Total: 365 (2000)

Erin Arevalo
Career Total: 1,518
School: East Union (Manteca, Calif.)
Years: 2005-08
Highest Single Season Total: 492 (2008)

Taran Alvelo
Career Total: 1,515
School: Bloom-Carroll (Carroll, Ohio)
Years: 2012-15
Highest Single Season Total: 368 (2012)

Mackenzie Stiles
Career Total: 1,507
School: Deposit (N.Y.)
Years: 2014-19
Highest Single Season Total: 362 (2019)

Lisa Fernandez
Career Total: 1,503
School: Saint Joseph (Lakewood, Calif.)
Years: 1986-89
Highest Single Season Total: 467 (1989)

Kelcie Matesa
Career Total: 1,501
School: Gillespie (Ill.)
Years: 2005-08
Highest Single Season Total: 443 (2005)