Mercy powers past Ladywood to claim Catholic League crown
DETROIT — When it comes to Catholic League championship games, Nancy Malinowski has experienced just about everything, including three losses in the past three years.
But on May 20, the Farmington Hills Mercy softball coach was in for something she had to actually see to believe.
“To do what these girls did, in a championship game, was pretty amazing,” Malinowski said of a 12-5 victory against Livonia Ladywood in an A-B title game where her team hit eight home runs. “It was pretty awesome.”
Ladywood, the two-time defending champs, led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Then the Mercy bats came to life.
The Marlins scored three times in the frame to even the game, then added seven runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to claim their first league title since 2003.
Abigail Krzywiecki had two home runs and drove in three in the win.
Alex Sobczak had two solo home runs, while Jordan Ewald, Meghan Tarrance, Jacquelyn Murphy and Molly Murphy rounded the bases after shots over the wall, as well.
“After losing three years in a row, and then coming back a fourth time with some girls who had lost some heartbreaking games was pretty satisfying,” Malinowski said. “I was real happy for the kids, especially the seniors. They’ve had some rough trips here.”
Mercy (27-2) begins the state playoffs at noon June 1 against North Farmington or Farmington High.