Farmington Hills, FarmingtonJune 4, 2014
Mercy softball claims third straight district
By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer
FARMINGTON HILLS — For nearly a year, girls on the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team have focused on avenging last year’s playoff exit in the regional round.
In a couple of days, the Marlins will have their chance.
“This is great, a great accomplishment by our team,” coach Sara McGavin said of last weekend’s Division 1 district title at Farmington High, the third in a row by Mercy. “This wasn’t an easy day, by any means. The girls went out there, worked very hard and earned this.”
After opening the playoffs with a 15-0 victory against Harrison on May 27, Mercy had to get by North Farmington 8-4 in the semifinals before facing Novi in the title game.
An early lead and some solid pitching were all the Marlins needed in a 9-5 victory.
“We hit the ball real well,” McGavin said. “We put runners on base. We moved them around, and I think we put a lot of good pressure on both teams we faced.”
Mercy (25-3) now faces Walled Lake Central in a noon regional semifinal June 7 at Novi.
“We have a great respect for them,” McGavin said of Central. “We haven’t seen them a ton, but we know it’s a good team.”
Canton High and Birmingham Seaholm face off in the other semifinal at 10 a.m., with the final scheduled for 2 p.m.
Mercy fell to Canton in last year’s regional final.
“These girls are hungry for a regional title,” McGavin added. “And we’re taking things one game a time, but I think they’d love to have another shot at Canton in that final.”
Raiders fall short
On the baseball side of things, North Farmington reached the district final but fell to Novi 3-2 in 10 innings.
The Raiders (25-8) beat Novi Detroit Catholic Central 7-3 in the semifinal.
Catholic Central eliminated Harrison 4-2 in the playoff opener, while Novi beat Farmington 3-2 in 11 innings in the other semifinal.