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.