L’Anse Creuse softball star caps prep career with Miss Softball award

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 26, 2019

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 2019 graduate Brooke Nadolny trots home during a game this past season. Nadolny’s play this year earned her the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Miss Softball award.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 2019 graduate Brooke Nadolny trots home during a game this past season. Nadolny’s play this year earned her the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Miss Softball award.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — It’s not hyperbole to call 2019 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse graduate Brooke Nadolny one of the most decorated high school softball players in state history.

Nadolny, who was a four-year starter at pitcher and in the infield, hit 73 home runs over her career — most in state history and — the second most in U.S. prep softball history.

The 73 dingers are 18 more than the next-closest player in the Michigan High School Athletic Association record books.

She’s also a two-time Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Division 1 All-State selection. In her senior year, Nadolny hit a blistering .738 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs, helping the Lancers win a fourth straight division title and a second consecutive D-1 district championship.

As a junior, Nadolny blasted a state-record 26 home runs. The 22 bombs Nadolny hit as a sophomore are tied for the second most in a season in state history. She hit three home runs in a game twice, and she hit home runs in three consecutive at bats on two different occasions.

Nadolny capped her prep career with the top individual honor after being named Miss Softball by the MHSSCA for position players. Gull Lake High’s Lauren Esman won the award for pitchers.

“I was totally not expecting it, because there are so many great softball players throughout the state,” Nadolny said of her latest honor. “It’s a great honor to be awarded Miss Softball, because I feel it’s one of the biggest awards out there.

“It feels unreal to have earned so many awards. I am so thankful for everyone who has taught me the things that I know. I truly believe everyone along the way has brought me to be the best softball player I can be.”

Nadolny is the third player from Macomb County to win the award since 2013, joining pitchers Taylor Weaver (Romeo High, 2014) and Alyssa Huntley (Sterling Heights Stevenson, 2013). Regina pitcher Nikki Nemitz won the award in 2006, when the school was still located in Harper Woods.

The honor was first handed out in 1994.

Longtime L’Anse Creuse coach Lisa Downey spoke very highly of Nadolny, touting her knowledge of the game.

“Brooke just loves playing softball,” Downey said. “She’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen.”

Nadolny said earning Miss Softball tops the list of individual awards she’s earned. She admitted that she was unaware of the award a few years ago.

“Now I’ve won it,” Nadolny said. “It means so much that I’ve been chosen as the best softball player in the state this year. I just work hard every day, and I’m so glad it’s paid off.

“It means a lot to leave such a great mark (at L’Anse Creuse), because it would be amazing to be remembered for years to come. I find it very cool when people remember alumni because of their success.”

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