L’Anse Creuse’s Brooke Nadolny sets new MHSAA career home run record
Brooke Nadolny hit career home runs 56 and 57 on Saturday, giving her sole possession of the MHSAA’s all-time home run record.
The L’Anse Creuse senior — one of our preseason candidates for the Total Softball Player of the Year Award — came into the season one behind the previous record holder, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard’s Julia Kennedy, but hit her first homer of the season against Warren Cousino last week to tie it up.
She broke the tie with a first-inning home run against Marysville in the Lancers’ first game of Saturday’s doubleheader against Marysville, then added a fourth-inning home run in the nightcap.
The state’s all-time home run title has changed hands three times since 2010, with 13 players posting 40 or more home runs in the last nine seasons. Four players, including Nadolny, ended the 2018 season with 49 or more.
Pentwater’s Melinda Van Gillis established the state’s modern homer record with 42 from 1979-82, a mark that was not bettered until Taylor Light & Life Christian’s Kelly Kennedy hit 48 in 1991-94. Belding’s Taylor Johnson moved the mark to 49 in 2010, then Addison’s Erika Underwood tied that record in 2015. Kennedy passed that plateau last season with 22 as a senior, while Nadolny and Schoolcraft’s Lydia Goble (49 career) both broke the state’s single-season record — set at 22 by Nadolny and Muskegon Mona Shores’ Taylor Dew in 2017 — with 26 bombs last year.
Nadolny now has the rest of the season to bury the record. The next closest active player listed on the MHSAA’s record page is Richland Gull Lake senior Lauren Esman, who came into the season with 26 home runs.