Hilligoss’ Streak Reaches 38

Mitch Hilligoss is starting to reach some lofty heights.

The Charleston third baseman doubled in the seventh inning of Friday’s game to extend his hitting streak to 38 games. According to Minor League Baseball, Hilligoss’ streak is now the longest in the minors since Orlando Moreno had a 43-game hitting streak for Louisville in 1961 and is tied for the 13th longest streak in minor league history.

Friday was one of the toughest tests for the still-growing streak as Hilligoss was facing Heath Rollins, who was ranked second in the South Atlantic League in ERA and strikeouts. Hilligoss grounded out in the first, flied out in the third and grounded out again in the fifth, putting his streak seemingly in jeopardy. But as soon as Ryan Reid replaced Rollins, Hilligoss took advantage to line a double down the left field line. Hilligoss’ flied out in the eighth in his final at-bat.

Despite the streak Hilligoss came into Friday night’s game ranked only fifth in the league in batting at .335, but he was first in hits as you would expect.