Farmington HillsJune 1, 2013
Mercy uses five home runs to claim second consecutive district title; Rice, St. Mary's and Troy also advance
By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer
FARMINGTON — Five home runs, two victories, and one ticket punched to the regional round.
On Saturday afternoon, the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team did a little bit of everything.
Next Saturday, the Marlins have the chance to do it again.
“This was a good first step,” coach Brandon Malinowski said following a 14-4 victory against Novi High in a Division 1 district final at Farmington High. “We have some things to work on, but there was a lot to like about today.”
After using three home runs to sneak past North Farmington 8-7 in the district semi, Mercy fell behind Novi 3-0 in the top of the first in the final.
“We were a little flat coming out of the gate, and it’s understandable after the first game,” Malinowski said. The win against the Raiders included multiple lead changes, and the tying and winning run on base when the game ended. “We just needed to get through that first inning and get the bats going.”
They certainly did.
Trailing 3-0, the Marlins scored once in the bottom half of the first and then six times in the third.
Novi added a run in the fourth to make it 7-4, but Mercy then used the long ball for five runs in the bottom of the fourth to blow the game open.
Abby Krzywiecki slammed a three-run homer, and two batters later, Sam Bauer hit a two-run shot.
“We’ve hit 51 (home runs) on the year now, so it’s pretty exciting,” Malinowski said with a smile.
The Marlins capped the mercy in the fifth with two more runs.
Mercy (29-2) advances to the Novi regional for the second straight season and will face Canton High or Livonia Churchill at 12:30 p.m. June 8.
In other playoff action
The Birmingham Brother Rice baseball team claimed a D-1 district title with a 16-1 mercy of Lathrup Village Southfield-Lathrup.
Rice (28-8-1) advances to the Novi regional to face the winner of the Walled Lake Northern district.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s beat Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 3-1 in a D-2 district final.
The Eaglets face the Madison Heights Lamphere winner at Bloomfield Hills Andover.
The Troy High softball team beat Rochester Adams 3-0 in a D-1 final after beating Troy Athens 8-0 in the semis.
“It’s really nice, something we strive for,” coach Tom Calnen said. The Colts have won a district title nine times in the last 11 years, but lost to Athens in 2012. “It’s great for our program and great for our kids. This is what you play for.”
Troy (31-8) advances to the Rochester High regional to face the Romeo High district winner.