Recent Archbishop Murphy graduate Brooke Jordan set the team record for home runs as a sophomore and again as a junior. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Recent Archbishop Murphy graduate Brooke Jordan set the team record for home runs as a sophomore and again as a junior. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Archbishop Murphy softball player Brooke Jordan

The prolific Wildcats slugger will continue her playing career at Seattle University.

For her club softball team she’s a middle infielder. During her four years with the Archbishop Murphy High School team she was often drafted into pitching duty, even though she’s not really a pitcher. But no matter where she’s positioned on the field, she’s all slugger when she comes to the plate.

Brooke Jordan was the foundation of the Archbishop Murphy softball team the past four seasons. Not only did she twice attain the school record for home runs in a season, slugging 10 as a sophomore and 12 as a junior, she was willing to take to the pitching circle when called upon. This year as a senior, with the Wildcats adding an infusion of young talent, she was going to spend less time in the circle and more time at shortstop for an Archbishop Murphy team hoping to make state for the first time since 2007. Unfortunately, that opportunity was taken away when the coronavirus outbreak resulted in the cancellation of spring sports.

But Jordan’s softball journey isn’t over, as she’ll be joining the Seattle University Redhawks. The Herald spoke to her about that, her experiences as a pitcher and more in this edition of the spring sports senior salute:

What is your favorite memory from your time with the Archbishop Murphy softball team?

My sophomore year we were playing Granite Falls in the playoffs, and if we won this game we would go to districts. I was the starting pitcher and the other team scored six runs off errors and stuff, so it wasn’t a very good start. But then I got to bat, and I ended up going 4-for-4 with three home runs and a double, driving in seven runs. We ended up winning the game to go to district, and it was definitely one of the more exciting games.

You pitched a lot for Archbishop Murphy, but you’re not really a pitcher. What was that like?

It was definitely very stressful. Especially since I don’t really practice pitching on my own, I’m not a pitcher, and it’s definitely a big role. But as the games went on I definitely got better at it.

Do you enjoy pitching?

No. Not really. I liked playing shortstop a lot better. On my select team I play second base and shortstop, where I’m way more comfortable. I’m out of my comfort zone when I’m pitching.

But clearly you’re in your comfort zone at bat. At what age did you become a power hitter?

It was my second year at 12U. I’d always have base hits when I was younger, but my second year at 12U was when I started hitting more home runs and having way more power.

I think it was that I just started lifting weights more, and I was learning more about hitting. When you’re younger it’s harder to understand. As you get older and get more coaching, you’re able to take in more of what they’re teaching you, and I was processing more as I got older.

You’re headed to Seattle University. Why did you choose SU?

I chose SU because I always wanted to be close to home, I’m really close with my family. I like the environment there and I like the coach (Geoff Hirai). My thing is hitting, and he’s a really good hitting coach. He didn’t criticize my swing or try to break me down, but he did teach me and help me learn more. That helps a lot. And I just like the school, too.

Talk to us

More in Sports

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) was deemed by the readers as the most important unrestricted free agent for the team to re-sign. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
POLL RESULTS: Wright is the priority free agent

Nearly half the responders said LB K.J. Wright should be at the top of the Seahawks’ re-signing list.

Arlington's Jack Sheward is hit in the leg as O'Dea's David Sessoms slides in for the tying run as Arlington lost 7-6 to O'Dea in a 3A baseball state regional game at Sherman Anderson Field on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
WIAA releases more season plans, local schedules to differ

The WIAA announced dates for Seasons 2 and 3. Wesco, Emerald Sound and others have their own plans.

Montana State head coach Jeff Choate walks on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Who will become UW’s next defensive coordinator?

Here’s a look at some possible candidates to replace the departed Pete Kwiatkowski.

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Thompson, whose 13-year run as Green Bay Packers general manager included their 2010 Super Bowl championship season, died Wednesday, Jan 20, the team announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. He was 68. Thompson was Packers general manager from 2005-17 and drafted many notable players on the current roster, including two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
Former Seahawks, Packers executive Ted Thompson dies

The 68-year-old was Seattle’s vice president of football operations from 2000-04.

Bill to expand sports betting introduced in state Legislature

A similar proposal failed last year, but supporters say the new effort has bipartisan support.

Third-place finishers Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker pose with their medals in the championship ice dance at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Community sports roundup: More medals for local ice dancer

Kamiak graduate Jean-Luc Baker earns a bronze medal at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Washington State offensive lineman Abraham Lucas (72) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Archbishop Murphy grad Lucas will return to WSU next season

The All-Pac-12 second-team offensive lineman from Everett opts not to declare for the NFL draft.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll tosses a football before an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Pete Carroll should stay — and reexamine the way he does things

It’s time for the highly successful Seahawks coach to re-evaluate what’s best for the team.

Seattle Sounders defender Brad Smith (11) poses for a photo with head coach Brian Schmetzer, left, and vice president of soccer and sporting director Chris Henderson, right, following MLS soccer training, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Tukwila, Wash. The Sounders acquired Smith, who is from Australia, on loan from English Premier League club Bournemouth in a deal announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Sounders’ Chris Henderson hired by Inter Miami

The Cascade High School product will join Manchester United greats Phil Neville and David Beckham.

Most Read