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Mercy tops Lakeland in regional, 3-0

Farmington Hills Mercy hit the ball in the right places and made the most of its opportunities to defeat Lakeland in a regional softball game Saturday, 3-0.

The Marlins, who had nine hits, scored early in the game and held on to win the battle between perennial Division 1 powers at Novi High School.

Mercy (40-2) went on to win the regional championship later that afternoon with an 11-1 victory in five innings over Walled Lake Northern.

“As long as I’ve been around, Lakeland has always been scrappy,” Mercy coach Alec Lesko said. “They’ve always been a team that puts pressure on you on the bases.

Mercy slugger sets state HR record

Senior first baseman Abby Krzywiecki set a state record for single-season home runs and led Farmington Hills Mercy to a district softball championship Saturday.

Krzywiecki hit a two-run shot in the seventh inning of the final game, capping a 7-0 victory over North Farmington in the Division 1 tournament at Livonia Stevenson.

It was her 19th homer of the season and 47th of her four-year varsity career.

With one out in the seventh, Sophie VanAcker singled and was on base when Krzywiecki cleared the left-field fence with room to spare.

“It just shows that my hard work has paid off,” Krzywiecki said. “I know I can produce good numbers if I put a good swing on it, and that’s what I’ve been working on.

Farmington Hills Mercy tops North Farmington in district final on record-setting day

Marlins senior Abby Krzywiecki broke the MHSAA single-season record for home runs Saturday.

LIVONIA — Saturday was a good day for the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team and a truly great one for one player in particular.

The Marlins picked up another district title with a 7-0 victory over North Farmington, with an exclamation point tacked on to the end when senior Abby Krzywiecki smacked her 19th home run to establish a new state record in a single season.

Marlins repeat as regional champions

When a team has momentum on its side, it becomes something of an unstoppable force.

That was Farmington Hills Mercy during a late stretch of the Division 2 regional championship game in girls lacrosse Friday evening at Farmington High School.

The Marlins turned a close game into a rout with a flurry of goals and finished with a decisive, 14-8 victory over Walled Lake Northern.

“We’ve talked a lot about momentum,” Mercy senior Lilly Blake said. “That’s something we’ve been focusing on in the regional. Whoever comes out with that momentum is going to pull it off – and it showed.

“It started off the draw. That’s where we picked it up on a lot of those goals. That’s the key.”

Mercy races past Richard in regional semi

It was either teams’ game to win at halftime Wednesday with Farmington Hills Mercy holding an 8-7 lead in a Division 2 girls regional lacrosse semifinal.

That changed at the start of the second half as the Marlins scored six unanswered goals in the first eight minutes and sank any hope Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard had of winning.

Mercy doubled its lead and, though the Fighting Irish eventually came around offensively, won going away at Farmington High School, 19-14.

“The girls were very motivated to show Gabriel Richard how Mercy can play,” coach Lindsay Hoyt said. “We haven’t always shown it this year. We’ve had a good season, but we’ve had little drop offs here and there with our overall play.

Mercy's Krzywiecki fast approaching state home run records

Abby Krzywiecki’s fifth-inning, three-run home run against South Lyon East on Thursday put the Farmington Hills Mercy Marlins at the mercy-rule margin to finish the game.

Coupled with an earlier solo shot, it also put Krzywiecki just one shy of the state’s single-season home run record.

The Mercy senior has 17 home runs this season, one shy of joining Romeo’s Madison Jones (2015), Williamston’s Camri Grace (2014) and Pentwater’s Melinda Van Gillis (1979), who currently jointly hold the state record with 18 home runs each.

It also ties the Mercy school single-season record, set by Alex Sobczak in 2013.

Marlins pass first playoff test, 16-8

Farmington Hills Mercy won its playoff opener in girls lacrosse Thursday with a 16-8 victory over Ann Arbor Skyline in a Division 2 regional game.

Senior Lilly Blake led the host Marlins, who were state semifinalists last year, with five goals and three assists, and senior Caitlin Somerville contributed three goals.

Chandler Pincheck, Grace Canty and Natalie Masopust netted two goals each, and Mercy had one apiece from Catie Coffman and Hannah Roegner. Masopust also had two assists, Pincheck and Canty one.

Goalie Hannah Cohen played a crucial role in the Mercy win, according to coach Lindsay Hoyt.

She added the Marlins had a great defensive effort from Mia Bowen, Erin Gormley, Mary Allor and Amelia Bartels.

Mercy’s Flynn wins two league titles

Sophomore Mia Flynn was Farmington Hills Mercy’s top athlete in the Catholic League A-B Division girls track and field championship meet Tuesday at Catholic Central High School.

Flynn won two events, running 16.16 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and jumping 16 feet, 2 inches in the long jump.

“It’s consistent with what she has been doing this year in the bigger meets,” Mercy coach Gary Servais said. “She’s won some big meets in the hurdles and is the regional champion in the long jump.

“Setting a school record twice in one week (in the long jump) is a pretty good performance right there.”

Flynn was more than three inches better than Divine Child’s Shannon Rice in the long jump and easily won the hurdles over Warren Regina’s Tracy Suchyta, who ran 17.34.

Marlins mercy Irish in softball final

It was the Andrea and Anna Show in the Catholic League championship softball game Monday evening at the University of Detroit Mercy.

The combination of senior pitcher Andrea Elmore and sophomore catcher Anna Dixon powered Mercy High School to a 10-0 win over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Elmore was dominant in the circle, throwing a no-hitter and striking out 13. She faced one batter over the minimum in the six-inning mercy victory.

After issuing a walk to start the game, Elmore breezed through the Notre Dame lineup, retiring the Fighting Irish in order for the duration of the game.

Battery powered: Elmore, Dixon lead Marlins past ND Prep to CHSL title

DETROIT >> Batteries make things go, especially in the world of softball.

And the battery — pitcher Andrea Elmore and catcher Anna Dixon — was about all No. 2-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy needed to beat Pontiac Notre Dame Prep in Monday’s Catholic League A-B championship game.

Dixon got it started with the first two home runs of her career, and Elmore finished it off with a no-hitter in the 10-0 victory that sealed Mercy’s third CHSL tourney title in four years.

“They all feed off each other, and when Anna hit that one out — well, the battery really came through today,” Mercy coach Alec Lesko said in an understatement. “Andrea was on fire today. … She was in total command.”

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