L’Anse Creuse sophomore slugger makes history

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 8, 2017

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse sophomore infielder Brooke Nadolny, pictured during a June 2 district semifinal win over St. Clair Shores Lakeview, hit 22 home runs this season to set a new state record.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse sophomore infielder Brooke Nadolny, pictured during a June 2 district semifinal win over St. Clair Shores Lakeview, hit 22 home runs this season to set a new state record.

Photo by Deb Jacques

ROSEVILLE — Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse sophomore infielder Brooke Nadolny had a season to remember.

The team portion of her season didn’t go the way Nadolny would have liked, as the Lancers fell 6-3 to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore June 2 in a Division 1 district final, but Nadolny made a name for herself this spring.

She hit 22 home runs, establishing a new Michigan High School Athletic Association single-season record. Muskegon Mona Shores junior Taylor Dew also hit 22 home runs this season, putting them both in uncharted territory.

The previous record of 20 was set last season by Farmington Hills Mercy’s Abby Krzywiecki. Nadolny’s 21st home run came on a grand slam in the district semifinal. Her last shot came in the loss to Lake Shore.

“I didn’t really think anything of what I was doing until I had maybe 10 home runs,” Nadolny said. “I think I had a pretty good season. To set the record on a grand slam in a playoff game is pretty crazy.”

Lancers coach Lisa Downey praised Nadolny’s work ethic and patience at the plate. Downey — whose team ended the season at 24-10 and won its fourth division title in five years — called the sophomore slugger a joy to watch.

The district final loss was a tough one for L’Anse Creuse, which was looking for its first postseason championship since 2014. Downey said her team didn’t hit like it had done for much of the season.

“(Lake Shore) was just able to get the timely hits,” Downey said. “Early on, they weren’t getting runners on base and we were, but they were able to get the big outs to end threats. (Lake Shore senior pitcher Sarah Ratledge) did a great job today too. That’s a good team.”

The Lancers lose three players to graduation: outfielder Maggie Deceuninck, outfielder/pitcher Alaina Macksoud and third baseman Lauren Korpal. The team has 12 players eligible to return next season, including Nadolny and junior pitcher/catcher Sammi Mills. Mills is a Central Michigan University commit.

Downey called this year’s team one of the closest she’s coached.

“All-around, it’s a great group of kids,” Downey said. “We went 24-10 with four freshman starters and a sophomore starter. So we had a pretty good year in what a lot of people would have called a rebuilding year.

“We got a lot of young players a lot of game action. Hopefully they come back next year ready to win a district title.”


Lancers baseball wins district championship
The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse baseball team knocked off Roseville High 5-2 June 2 in a D-1 district final. The win gives the program its first district championship since 2014.

The Lancers met Port Huron Northern in a regional semifinal June 10 at Anchor Bay High, after press time. The state semifinal and finals are June 15-17 at Michigan State University.

For updates on the state playoffs, visit candgnews.com/sports.