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.

Mercy softball star up for DAC award

Mercy High School softball standout Abby Krzywiecki is a finalist for the Detroit Athletic Club’s High School Female Athlete of the Year Award.

The senior first baseman is one of six girls to be named as one of the finalists for the award. Six boys were selected, too.

The winners will be announced at a dinner honoring the 12 finalists Monday, May 9, at the Detroit Athletic Club.

More than 100 athletes throughout the state were nominated. All of the finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and the two overall winners will each earn a $5,000 scholarship.

The selection process and the award are based on athletics, academics and community service.

No. 2 Mercy sweeps doubleheader from defending D-1 champ Regina

FARMINGTON HILLS >> When you have the chance to step on the neck of a championship-caliber opponent, you’d better take it.

Otherwise, don’t be shocked if they come back and give you a battle.

No. 2-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy had its chances to close out the defending Division 1 state champs, Warren Regina, early in both games of Friday’s Catholic League doubleheader, but didn’t.

The Saddelites came back to tie Game 1 in the fifth, before the Marlins could get the go-ahead run an inning later, and nearly pulled the same trick in the nightcap, sending the potential game-tying run to the plate in the seventh inning before running out of time.

Mercy notches shutout win over Foley

Seniors Allia McDowell and Miranda Konja and freshman Chloe Woodbeck scored goals Thursday as Farmington Hills Mercy defeated visiting Madison Heights Bishop Foley in girls soccer, 3-0.

Three goals was more than enough, though the Marlins dominated the field for the entire game.

“Bishop Foley’s defense defended well and denied the Marlins goal-scoring opportunities,” Mercy coach Gene Pulice said.

The Marlins are 2-2-2 overall and will play again Monday at Dearborn Divine Child.

No. 2-ranked Marlins extend win streak

double play to end the first half inning Wednesday provided an early spark of inspiration for Farmington Hills Mercy in its sweep of Birmingham Marian in a softball doubleheader.

After holding the visiting Mustangs scoreless in their opening at-bat, the Marlins went on to invoke the mercy rule in both games, winning 16-0 in four innings and 11-0 in five.

Marian’s Ary Daddabo started the first game with a double and moved to third base on a sacrifice by Kelli Conway.

Mercy senior first baseman Abby Krzywiecki chased down a fly ball off the bat of Lauren Ogurek in foul territory and made the putout.

When Daddabo tried to score on the play, Krzywiecki made a perfect throw to sophomore catcher Anna Dixon for the inning-ending double play.

Krzywiecki a finalist for DAC Michigan High School Athlete of Year award

Will the Detroit Athletic Club’s 20th annual female Michigan High School Athlete of the Year award stay in Oakland County?

It could.

Farmington Hills Mercy senior Abby Krzywiecki is one of six finalists for this year’s award it was recently announced.

The winner — who receives a $5,000 scholarship, while the other five finalists get $1,000 each — will be unveiled on May 9.

Birmingham Seaholm’s Audrey Belf won the 2015 award, while Cranbrook Kingswood’s Alexandria Najarian won it in 2014, Country Day’s Kendall Baisden in 2013 and Stoney Creek’s Gabby Yurik in 2012.

The last time a player from outside Oakland County won the award was in 2011, when Hudsonville’s Sara Driesenga claimed it.

More College Bound Athletes

Mercy Seniors will continue Athletic Careers in College

Congratulations to these Mercy High School senior athletes who committed to play a sport in college!

Jordyn Schluter, Basketball -Calvin College; Zora Pullen, Basketball - Lake Forest College; Abbey Przekop, Soccer - Assumption College; Cari Padula, Softball - Western Michigan University