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Marlins survive quarterfinal slugfest with Lake Orion, return to semis

DETROIT >> The key to surviving in the postseason isn’t to think you’ll never get hit hard — it’s merely to avoid being the one that gets squished.

While both teams in the Division 1 softball quarterfinal at Wayne State may feel like bugs on a windshield after Tuesday’s dual offensive maulings, only one of them flew away from the encounter.

No. 2-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy survived a series of persistent comeback attempts by No. 6-ranked Lake Orion, to hold on to an 11-7 win, and advance to the semifinals for the second straight season.

Krzywiecki’s assault on state record books ‘rewarding’: ‘I’ve worked my butt off to get where I am today’

FARMINGTON HILLS >> It’s not always easy to remember your first home run, when you’ve hit so many that each new one attracts attention like it’s your first.

For Abby Krzywiecki, Michigan’s newly-minted home run queen after breaking the state’s single-season record in districts, an early one still resonates as one of the most memorable.

“It wasn’t my first one, but my first memory — I think I was in Florida, at the ESPN fields, at Disney, and it went out, and we won the game because of it,” she reminisced recently.

172 Marlins maul Knights in regional final

Farmington Hills Mercy hitters produced 21 hits in support of senior pitcher Andrea Elmore to win a Division 1 regional softball tournament for the second straight year Saturday.

The Marlins (40-2) had a dozen of those hits in the championship game as they rolled over Walled Lake Northern in five innings at Novi High School, 11-1.

Elmore was solid and consistent as usual in the circle, scattering seven hits in the doubleheader, which included a 3-0 win over White Lake Lakeland in an earlier semifinal.

She recorded a two-game total of six strikeouts, a low number by her standards, but she issued only two walks on the day and hit one batter.

Mercy outslugs Lakeland, Northern to win regional title

DETROIT >> Sometimes, it’s not as much about how hard you hit, but rather about how hard you hit back.

Walled Lake Northern got to the regional championship game by counter-punching when Novi threatened to tie it up in Saturday’s first semifinal.

The Knights, though, weren’t as effective at counterpunching as No. 2-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy proved to be, as the Marlins scored nine unanswered runs after the two teams swapped early scores in the title game, winning it easily, 11-1 in five innings.

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.

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