The Farmington High softball team poses for a photo after winning a Division 1 district championship June 1 at home. The Falcons beat North Farmington 8-4 in the title game.

The Farmington High softball team poses for a photo after winning a Division 1 district championship June 1 at home. The Falcons beat North Farmington 8-4 in the title game.

Photo by Zachary Manning


Farmington High wins D-1 district softball title

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published June 5, 2019

 North Farmington’s Mara Sczecienski takes a swing during a district semifinal game against Farmington Hills Mercy June 1 at Farming- ton. The Raiders defeated Mercy, but fell to Farming- ton in the final.

North Farmington’s Mara Sczecienski takes a swing during a district semifinal game against Farmington Hills Mercy June 1 at Farming- ton. The Raiders defeated Mercy, but fell to Farming- ton in the final.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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FARMINGTON — It took longer than expected to crown a Division 1 district softball champion June 1 at Farmington High.

Gusting winds and heavy rain hit the area, forcing the showdown between North Farmington and Farmington to hit a delay. The break lasted just under two hours.

But for Farmington, it was worth the wait, as the Falcons beat their rivals 8-4 to claim the title. The Raiders and Falcons split two games prior to the championship.

“Today we had an attitude of one pitch, one inning, one at-bat — everything one thing at a time. Not try to look ahead, not try to get ahead of ourselves, and they did a great job of that,” Falcons coach Stefanie Volpe said.

In the title game, the Falcons’ offense provided the spark, as five different players recorded RBIs. Madison Hosmer, Emily Brewer and Kayla Ghafari each knocked in two.

The win sends Farmington on to the regional, where it will see the winner of South Lyon High and South Lyon East June 8 at Hartland High.

“I’ve always said that we can compete with anybody as long as we hit the ball,” Volpe said. “Obviously, when you go to a regional level, you’re going to face some pitching that might be a little bit stronger than anything we faced today, so our bats will have to make some adjustments. But if we can hit the ball and play as well as we did on defense, we should be able to compete.”

After scoring 4 runs in the top of the seventh inning to complete a comeback win against Farmington Hills Mercy in a district semifinal, North Farmington showed similar resilience against Farmington.

Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Raiders scored 3 runs, thanks to RBI hits from Maeve O’Hare and Jordyn Taylor.

This time, though, the Raiders didn’t have enough to complete the comeback. North Farmington ended the season with a 15-14-1 record.

“I was really pleased with the season,” Raiders coach Dave Brubaker said. “We ended up over .500, which was my goal at the beginning of the year. I said if we ended up .500, I think that was a pretty successful season, because we didn’t have overpowering pitching. But we did have good defense and some good hitting.”

North Farmington will lose seven seniors from this year’s team, and Brubaker said they were crucial to the team’s success this year.

“I’m always proud of my teams, because that’s what we do at North Farmington. We’re a Raider family,” Brubaker said. “I’m proud of the fact that what we’re teaching is not only just softball, but how to be a good person and be good students and maybe prepare you for the things you got coming ahead in life.”

With its loss to North Farmington, Mercy finished the season at 18-12. Mercy coach Jerry Ashe was proud of the way his team battled throughout the game.

Looking ahead to next season, the Marlins lose just one senior and bring back the bulk of their offense.

Key returners include Maggie Murphy, Grace Nieto and Kendall Spivey, among others. Murphy, Nieto and Spivey led the Marlins in hitting this year, as all three finished the season hitting over .400.

“We just told them to work on their game, improve and come back next year,” Ashe said. “It’s disappointing to lose in that fashion, especially, but we believe in them, and they’re a good group of kids.”

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