At the conclusion her junior season, Parkview Baptist shortstop Nicky Dawson walked away with a collection of school and state single-season records.
This year, in her final season at the school, Dawson has her sights set on attaining another level of record-breaking accomplishments.
With Parkview 15 games into a new season, Dawson has established one national career statistical mark with three more within her grasp and still over 1½ months to play.
Before the start of the year, Dawson, an LSU signee and MaxPreps.com preseason All-America selection, had already secured the national runs scored record with 285, according to the National Federation of High Schools. She’s already added 33 more to that total this season.
“This is something unique,” said Dawson, a Class 3A all-state selection and MVP on The Advocate’s Small School’s All-Metro team in 2015. “It’s up there with winning a state title and hopefully we can do that too. It’s something I do cherish. It’s something that’s written down. I understand records are meant to be broken, and maybe I’ll get to hold it and watch somebody else get close or break it.”
“It’s meant a lot to me to be able to coach a kid like her,” Parkview coach Ashlee Weems said. “It’s kind of bittersweet because I’m excited about the year, but I’m hoping it never ends. I know everything good has to come to an end, but I know she’s going to be pretty special at LSU.”
The next likely mark to fall will be career triples. Dawson needs one more to equal the 48 of Lansing (Mich.)-Cathedral Catholic’s Jodi Every (1996-99).
Given her skill set, Dawson seems destined to be able to repeat what is regarded by most baseball/softball observers as the most difficult hit in the game.
Start with Dawson’s natural speed — she’s been timed at 10.7 seconds from home to home — and add to that tremendous bat control and surprising power from a player who stands just 5-foot-7.
“Getting this record is kind of what I’m reaching for,” said Dawson, the Division II state indoor champion in the 60-meter dash at 7.70 seconds. “You don’t just want a double. You want to reach for something that people say is the hardest thing to do. It’s that more exciting.”
Dawson, who is batting .725 with 10 doubles, four homers and 21 RBIs, has the opportunity to become the national all-time leader in steals and push to become the career hits queen.
With 19 more steals, Dawson can match the 320 established by Jennifer Jorgensen of Burnside Southeast Webster-Grand, Iowa (2005-08). She is fourth all-time in consecutive steals with 129, a streak that was snapped last season.
The other record that may be the hardest to obtain is career hits. Dawson has 287 and needs an additional 78 to reach the 365 of Holly Currie of Pisgah (Ala.) from 2000-03.
“I never thought about it,” Dawson said of the records. “It was brought to my attention the closer I’ve gotten to them. To have that there and being reached is something you want to strive for and to get. I didn’t focus on it, but it is there.”