Mercy softball picks up A-B Division title with 10-0 victory over ND Prep

DETROIT — Andrea Elmore walked the first batter she faced.

She sent the next 18 down in order.

Anna Dixon had never hit a home run before.

By the time things were settled, she had two.

All in all, it was a successful evening for the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team Monday, as the Marlins got a dominant pitching performance from Elmore and four RBIs from Dixon in a 10-0 six-inning victory over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, claiming the Catholic League A-B Division title.

“This is pretty big,” coach Alex Lesko said after the final, played at the University of Detroit Mercy. “This is the first goal of every season, and last year we ended up short of this. We wanted to come out here and make a statement with this game.”

Mercy goes 3-0 at Blue Chip Michigan Tournament

BYRON CENTER — No. 2-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy went 3-0 at the Blue Chip Michigan Tournament on Saturday, beating Grandville, 6-1, Kalamazoo Christian, 5-0, and No. 3-ranked Caledonia, 6-1.

Andrea Elmore had the big blow against Grandville, driving in two runs in a three-run first inning, in support of Abby Krzywiecki, who struck out nine in a one-hitter.

The Marlins had seven of their 10 hits in the fourth inning, when they sent 10 batters to the plate, highlighted by Kryzwiecki’s leadoff home run, her Mercy record 14th of the season. Elmore tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out seven.

Elmore’s homer lifts Mercy to 6-2 win

Andrea Elmore has contributed greatly to the Mercy High School softball team’s success with her pitching.

She showed another side of her athletic ability Thursday, demonstrating she also can hit the ball.

Elmore’s three-run homer helped separate the Marlins from visiting Allen Park Cabrini and propel them to a 6-2 victory in a Catholic League semifinal game.

“Andrea has done more pitching than batting the last couple years,” coach Alec Lesko said. “I talked to her about that. I said: ‘Let’s work really hard on your swing and getting you some at-bats.’

“She has really responded to that. What a time to hit the first home run of your career — in a Catholic League semifinal game!”

Flynn breaks longstanding Mercy record

Mercy sophomore Mia Flynn broke a 35-year-old school record in the long jump Tuesday when she reached a distance of 16 feet, 111/2 inches.

The previous record was 16-11 by Cathe Bridges in 1981.

It had been seven years since a Mercy record was broken. The last to do it was Abbey Lovat, who broke Kristi Ramsey’s high jump record in 2009.

Flynn made her leap in a dual meet at Grosse Pointe South, which claimed a 110-27 victory.

Mercy’s only other first place was by Arianna Allman, who won the high jump at 5 feet.

Flynn also was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.8 seconds.

Mercy’s Indya Hood and Bianca Berger were second in the discus (93-10) and shot put (28-8), respectively.

Marlins clinch division softball title

Mercy High School clinched the Catholic League Central Division softball championship and earned a first-round bye in the tournament Wednesday.

The Marlins finished 12-0 in the division by winning a doubleheader from host and defending league champion Warren Regina, 11-4 and 6-4 in eight innings.

In the second game, Mercy loaded the bases in the top of the eighth with consecutive singles by Anna Dixon, Sophia VanAcker and Abby Krzywiecki.

Cari Padula followed with a double that brought Dixon and VanAcker to the plate for a 6-4 lead. Regina went down in order in the bottom of the eighth.

Abby Krzywiecki scattered nine hits over eight innings, struck out eight and walked two.

Abby Krzywiecki helps Farmington Hills Mercy knock down Warren Regina

Warren Regina’s turning point last season was beating Farmington Hills Mercy in a doubleheader after the Marlins had won their first 10 games in the Catholic League. That sprung Regina on a winning streak which led to a state championship for coach Diane Laffey’s crew.

“We talked about that,” said Mercy coach Alex Lesko between games of the doubleheader Wednesday at Regina. “I don’t think they lost another game after that. They went through the Catholic League tournament to the state finals.”

The Marlins made sure they sent a message to the defending state champs, pounding them in the first game, 11-4, and completing the sweep with a 6-4 victory in eight innings.

Mercy improved to 22-1 and 12-0 in the Catholic League. Regina fell to 13-14-1.

Krzywiecki swings mighty bat for Marlins

Abby Krzywiecki still has the first home-run ball she hit as a keepsake and piece of personal sports memorabilia in her bedroom.

If she had saved every one she has ever hit, they just might fill the room.

Krzywiecki has belted a lot of dingers in 10 years of playing softball, including 36 during a four-year varsity career at Mercy High School.

The Division 1 all-stater and perennial all-Observer player also pitches and plays first base, but she’s best known for his prowess at the plate, particularly her power.

“When I was 12, I did my first lesson with Donny Dreher,” she said, referring to her summer travel team coach. “I was really weak and wouldn’t swing as hard, but he got me to swing really hard.

Marlins complete sweep of Mustangs, 10-9

Farmington Hills Mercy swept its four-game season series with Birmingham Marian in softball Tuesday, but the last of the victories was not easily achieved.

After winning the first game in five innings, 13-2, the teams went back and forth in the second until the visiting Marlins eked out a 10-9 win.

Abby Krzywiecki was the winning pitcher in relief, holding the Mustangs to five hits, no walks and two earned runs over the final four innings.

The Mustangs capitalized on three errors and got to starting pitcher Andrea Elmore for seven runs (four earned), six hits and one walk.

Mercy scored three runs in the sixth to break a 7-7 tie. Marian added two in the seventh with a two-run homer by Sera Stevens.

Marlins cruise to track-and-field win

Junior Arianna Allman was a triple winner for Farmington Hills Mercy in girls track and field Tuesday, leading her team to a 79-49 win over Wixom St. Catherine of Siena.

She earned first place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.60 seconds and was the runner-up in the 100 hurdles at 20.87.

Allman was the winner in both jumping events, reaching 5 feet in the high jump and 13-4 in the long jump.

Hannah Blakey won the 100 and 200 dashes with times of 13.80 and 28.35. She also was part of the 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams.

The Marlins swept first place in the field events as Bianca Berger threw the shot put 28-11 and April Seilo the discus 97-2.