Warren Regina softball players celebrate after their May 20 win in the Catholic High School League A-B Division tournament final. With the win, Saddlelites coach Diane Laffey earned her 1,201th win.

Warren Regina softball players celebrate after their May 20 win in the Catholic High School League A-B Division tournament final. With the win, Saddlelites coach Diane Laffey earned her 1,201th win.

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Regina softball outlasts Cabrini to win third straight CHSL tourney title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published May 24, 2019

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WARREN — Warren Regina senior pitcher Marisa Muglia had added motivation heading into her start May 20 against Allen Park Cabrini in the Catholic High School League A-B Division championship game at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Muglia had two losses against the Monarchs this season. She said she had no intention of making it three, and she lived up to her word.

The Saddlelites bested the Monarchs 3-2 to win a third straight CHSL A-B Division title.

Muglia struck out 11 and scattered three hits in her complete-game win.

“This was important for me to come out and help the team win,” Muglia said. “We lost a couple of really close games to them earlier this season, so it feels good to pull a close one out.”

Regina did all of its scoring in the first inning. Junior Sam Rhodes laced a single to left field to drive in junior Jacqueline Jozefczyk. Later in the inning, freshman shortstop Abby Hornberger smacked a double to left field, plating two runs.

“We wanted to jump on them early,” Saddlelites coach Diane Laffey said. “I never would have thought three runs would’ve held up.”

Cabrini got its two runs in the bottom of the fourth, as sophomore pitcher Mackenzie Noah hit a bomb over the left field fence to cut the Regina lead to 3-1. Monarchs senior outfielder Madison Buerkle ripped a double to center field to drive in her team’s only other run.

“We had our chances,” Cabrini coach Debbie Norman said. “(Regina) is an experienced, tough team, and they were able to take advantage of their chances a little better than we were.”

Seven of Muglia’s punchouts came in the fourth inning or later. Laffey called the senior hurler a hard worker who does everything she can to help the team win.

Laffey has done a lot of winning in her career. The CHSL tournament title win gave the decorated coach 1,201 career wins. Her 1,200th victory came in a 5-0 win May 18 over Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

Laffey has led the Saddlelites to six state titles — most recently in 2015. Laffey’s teams are undefeated in state championship games.

“That says two things: I’ve been around a long time, and I’ve had some really good players,” Laffey said. “They’re the ones who win the games. I’m just along for the ride, and I come up with some good ideas sometimes.”

“(Laffey) is an amazing coach,” Muglia said. “I have relatives who have played for her; now I’m playing for her. It means a lot. She’s definitely the reason why our teams have been so good.”

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