Chilliwack’s Brooklyn Morrison watches the ball leave the yard after taking the winning swing in the Minot State Beavers softball homerun derby. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack’s Brooklyn Morrison watches the ball leave the yard after taking the winning swing in the Minot State Beavers softball homerun derby. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack’s Brooklyn Morrison wins Minot State softball homerun derby

The infielder displayed surprising power, hitting five balls out of the yard in the final round

A Chilliwack softball slugger knocked the ball out of the yard five times to take the title at the Minot State (MSU) Homerun Derby.

One day before her birthday, Brooklyn Morrison was chosen by MSU coach Nat Wagner to compete in the derby.

On Oct. 7 Morrison joined a field of 12 players. With one homerun to her name at the university level, the five-foot-five infielder wasn’t a favourite heading in. But after quietly making it through the first two rounds, she channeled her inner Vladdy Guerrero in the third round.

Proud Chilliwackian Brooklyn Morrison on Instagram, after taking the title in the Minot State softball homerun derby. (Instagram photo)

After clubbing five balls over the fence, she was overjoyed.

“It was such an incredible experience,” she said. “We had some quality team-time together, a lot of laughs, and all through that we managed to hit a few out of the park. Everyone was a fierce competitor. All those early morning lifting sessions really paid off.”

Morrison committed to the North Dakota-based university last summer after graduating from Abbotsford’s Yale secondary school. She appeared in 29 games, starting 18 in 2021, her first year with the Beavers. The 18-year-old batted .157 with three doubles and one homer.

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