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Softball slugger ties national record with 2 grand slams in 1 inning

Cameron Smith
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Erin Sugg may only be a sophomore, but she's already ensured that she will have a long-lasting place in the national prep sports record books. That's because earlier in April she did something that's only been accomplished four times before: She hit not one, but two grand slams in a single inning.

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Chatham Central softball catcher Erin Sugg

Chatham Central softball catcher Erin Sugg

According to the News & Observer, Sugg -- the Chatham (N.C.) Central High player you see pictured at right -- is tied with three other high school softball players in American history who have also hit two grand slams in a single inning. Her eight RBIs in the inning was also tied for fourth on the all-time national list for RBIs in an inning.

"Teams have learned how to pitch her, but if they make a mistake, she still rifles the ball," Chatham Central coach Mike Lagone told the News & Observer. "She's a really good girl, and this whole thing has really humbled her. She really didn't want all the attention."

The Chatham Central catcher not only singlehandedly took over her team's game against South Davidson (N.C.) High, she did it with room to spare, driving both of her homers more than 200 feet, well beyond the fence.

The two homers were a bit out of character for both the game and Sugg herself. Chatham Central coach Mike Lagone told the News & Observer she only had one or two homers before the game (he couldn't remember which), and her two grand slams came in the third inning, in which the two North Carolina schools were tied, 1-1.

Obviously, that didn't last long, and South Davidson had a hard time remaining motivated to strike a rally after allowing eight RBIs to a single player in a single inning; the Bears eventually won the matchup 13-1.

Whether Sugg continues to rack up such impressive numbers in the future remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: The National High School Sports Record book won't ever look the same now that she's etched her name there.

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