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June 8, 2014

Mercy falls to Canton, ousted in regional round for third straight year

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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Mercy falls to Canton, ousted in regional round for third straight year
Mercy's Molly Murphy rips a double in the D-1 regional final against Canton. It was one of just four hits on the day for the Marlins, who fell 10-1.

NOVI — Brilliant all year, a roadblock finally presented itself.

And with that, the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team had its season come to a close in Saturday’s regional final, falling to Canton High for the second consecutive year in the regional round, 10-1.

“They hit the ball today. They took advantage of some things we gave them,” Mercy coach Sara McGavin said after the game, played at Novi High. “I mean, they hit the ball, and their pitching was great. That was the difference.”

Canton, a team that eliminated Mercy 3-2 in last year’s regional semifinal, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

But the Marlins responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning when Alex Sobczak scored on an Abby Krzywiecki single.

From there on out, though, Canton pitcher Hannah Warren was dominant.

She allowed two hits in the final six innings, and went one stretch where she retired 13 hitters in a row.

Canton added a pair of runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead, and then put the game away with six runs in the sixth inning.

“If those first couple innings are different, who knows what happens,” McGavin added. “It’s probably a much different game.”

Mercy, an 11-0 victor against Seaholm in the regional semifinal, ends its season with a 26-4 record.

The loss in the regional round came for a third year in a row.

Canton (32-7) advances to the quarterfinals to face Romeo at Novi on Tuesday.

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