Former Billings Senior Brittanee Fisher great sets Montana State career home run record Billings | SWX right now

BURNABY, BC — Brittanee Fisher can crush a softball.

The former Billings senior hitter has propelled so many softballs out of the park that she is now Montana State Billings’ career homer leader with 41.

Sunday on the final day of the season against Simon Fraser, the fifth-year senior connected with a pitch in the top of the fifth inning in the opener of a twin bill to set the record. With the dinger, her 10th of the season, she also moved into second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference record books for career home runs.

With an at-bat, right-handed hitter Fisher sent the softball over the fence for a solo home run. As she trotted toward first base, she swung her bat toward the ground with a thud and began her historic home run trot — one she’s done so many times before.

The difference – this time around the bases, his Yellowjackets teammates emptied from the dugout, jumping and cheering and meeting the school’s new all-time home run champion at home plate and chanting “41, 41, 41!”

“I think everyone watching the game knew the ball was gone as soon as it hit the bat,” said Fisher, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in Game 1, in a MSUB press release. “It was great to have a no-doubt after hitting a lot of wall scrapers this year. I felt so relieved that I was able to achieve the main goal I had for the season.

With the home run, Fisher had broken former teammate Cameron Cassinelli’s career record of 40 homers, set from 2015 to 2018. Fisher and Cassinelli, a first baseman and left-handed pitcher from San Tan Valley, Arizona, were teammates in the 2018 season.

Fisher’s homer over the fence in left center field gave the Yellowjackets a three-point lead en route to an 8-5 GNAC victory over Simon Fraser.

Fisher, who is a first baseman and wears No. 24, tied the career home run record Saturday in a 4-1 loss to Simon Fraser in the opener of a doubleheader.

Fisher’s homer on Saturday was his first in 14 games. Going into the weekend’s four-game series, Fisher was at bat. 327 (34 for 104) with 22 RBI, 19 runs and a .615 slugging percentage.

Breaking Cassinelli’s team home run record was Fisher’s goal, according to the MSUB press release, and the slugger admitted there was some pressure with the record within reach. However, Fisher was inspired by remembering what her former teammate told her in 2018.

“What got me most excited were some of Cam’s last words to me at the end of my first season,” Fisher said in the statement. “After breaking the record, she told me I was next. I knew I had to prove her right.

The Yellowjackets would lose Game 2, 2-1, when Simon Fraser (17-19, 8-12) scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

MSUB ends the year 13-34 overall and 6-18 in the league.

GNAC congratulated Fisher in a tweet after her home run and acknowledged that the No. 41 home run moved her to second place on the league’s all-time list for home runs. Western Oregon‘s Jessica Hallmark hit 45 homers from 2008-2011 and Western Washington’s Emily Benson hit 45 (2015-17, 2019).

Fisher, who hit 11 home runs as a senior for the Broncs and received the senior ‘Thumper Award’ as the team’s top hitter as a junior, received the Female Athlete of the Year award of the Midland Roundtable in 2017.

She hit 11 home runs as a freshman for MSUB in the 2018 campaign. As a sophomore, Fisher hit six home runs and she had three in the 2020 season which was shortened due to COVID-19. Last year, Fisher hit 11 home runs.

“It’s been the best five years of my life so far, and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” Fisher said in the MSUB statement. “Between all the teammates I’ve had and the coaches I’ve played for, it’s been amazing to learn everything I have and become who I am today. The main thing I would take away from my time here is enjoying it all because it goes by so fast, and when it’s over, there’s no redoing. Softball has made me a leader, a defender and a better person overall, and the voice and courage it has given me is beyond anything I could have felt not playing. . I am so grateful for everything this program has given me and I will carry it with me for the rest of my life.

REMARKS: Overall, MSUB hit three homers in the 8-5 Game 1 win. Maycen O’Neal, Marin Penney and Fisher have all homered. Penney hit a three-run homer in the top of the third as the Jackets scored five runs in the frame. … O’Neal hit a two-run homer in the seventh. … Overall, MSUB had 11 hits in the game with Skyler Jenkins, O’Neal and Fisher all collecting two hits. … Alyssa Etheridge pitched the full game for the Jackets in contest two, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned). She walked four and fanned six. MSUB was held to four hits in the contest with Shelby Marquardt going 1 for 2 with an RBI. … After Simon Fraser’s first two batters scored a single in the bottom of the eighth in Game 2, the third batter reached on a field error and the game-winning run scored in SFU’s 2-1 victory.

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