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“She’s really gone on a lot of mini tears,” Lancers coach Lisa Downey said.

Brooke Nadolny has hit home runs in bunches this season.

She was on one of those rolls again Saturday afternoon.

Nadolny cranked out three more homers to give her 20 on the season, which ties the state’s single-season mark set by Mercy’s Abby Krzywiecki last season.

“It’s really cool,” Nadolny said after tying the mark in game two of a doubleheader against Richmond. “It doesn’t happen to a lot of people.”

One other person has hit 19 on a season, while four have clubbed out 18, one of which was Romeo’s Madison Jones in 2015.

“She’s really gone on a lot of mini tears,” Lancers coach Lisa Downey said.

“I always feel like I’m going to get one out eventually,” Nadolny said. “When I get one, I feel like I can get another one. It just boosts my confidence.”

Nadolny, a sophomore, went yard in three straight at-bats over the two games against the Blue Devils.

“Right when I hit (number 20), I could just tell it was going to go out,” said Nadolny, who blasted out five homers over a two-day span earlier this season. “I was super excited. My teammates met me at home. It was great.”

Despite it being a memorable homer, Nadolny had a hard time remembering which one of two possible celebrations was done at home plate.

“I think it was a ‘Trust Fall’,” said Nadolny, who would spin backwards as she jumped on home and fall back into the arms of her awaiting teammates. “I really can’t remember. It might have been the ‘Boom’. I was too much into the moment after hitting number 20.”

For No. 18, which was a three-run bomb, it was the ‘Boom’.

For No. 19, which was a solo homer, it was the ‘Trust Fall’.

“She just has awesome timing and great hand-eye coordination,” Downey said. “Each quality at-bat she has feeds onto the next one. It just builds confidence. She’s not a real big kid. A lot of it is timing. She’s a special talent.”

Her 20 homers have come in 32 games, which is 14 fewer games than it took Krzywiecki to hit 20.

“You’re always going to have your detractors,” said Downey, whose team competes in the MAC Blue Division. “You hit the pitcher on the mound when in the batter's box. To hit 20 homers in a season in 32 games is pretty awesome.”

Nadolny’s first two homers on Saturday came off Richmond’s Erin Shuboy, who tossed a no-hitter to lead the Blue Devils to the Division 2 state championship last season.

“She just got a hold of both pitches,” said Shuboy, who struck out Nadolny the first time up. “I tried to go outside with the pitches, but she was really close to the plate so it was pitch down the middle for her.”

Shuboy, who’s also a sophomore, hadn’t given up two homers to an individual batter in back-to-back plate appearances prior to Saturday.

“That’s a lot of homers,” said Shuboy, who had only given up three homers before Saturday.

“She can crush the ball,” Richmond coach Howard Stuart said. “She’s really hitting the ball well.”

Along with hitting three bombs against rival L’Anse Creuse North, Nadolny’s other memorable long ball was against Eisenhower at a tournament in Grand Blanc. She cleared the fence on a baseball diamond at 275 feet.

“I didn’t even think it went out, so I stopped at third,” Nadolny said. “I had no clue.”

Nadolny’s record-tying homer was over the left-field fence off a pitch inside from Richmond’s Ashley Teltow.

“When I had those three against (LC) North after hitting two the game before, I started thinking about the record,” said Nadolny, who did that all Saturday with a jammed finger. “I had a feeling it was going to come.”

Nadolny will get a chance to break the tie for the state record on Friday when the Lancers play Lakeview at Roseville at 11 a.m. in a Division 1 district semifinal.

Last Updated: 5/27/2017 7:00:26 PM EST