Farmington Hills Mercy sophomore Emma Dompierre makes a throw at a recent practice with “champion” written on the fence behind her. The Marlins last won a state title in 2016.

Farmington Hills Mercy sophomore Emma Dompierre makes a throw at a recent practice with “champion” written on the fence behind her. The Marlins last won a state title in 2016.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Young Mercy softball team looking to hit its stride

By: Mike Moore | Farmington Press | Published May 1, 2018

 Mercy junior captain Sarah Cassidy makes a catch in the outfield during a recent practice. At press time, the Marlins were 6-4 overall.

Mercy junior captain Sarah Cassidy makes a catch in the outfield during a recent practice. At press time, the Marlins were 6-4 overall.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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FARMINGTON HILLS — With time, this is going to be a team to contend with.

That’s the opinion of Farmington Hills Mercy softball coach Jerry Ashe.

At this time, it’s still a group doing a lot of figuring things out.

“We’re working very hard to get things on track right now,” Ashe said last week. “The defense is still coming along. The pitching has been good, and we’re hitting the ball. There’s a lot to like.”

Considering the overall youth of the roster — just three seniors and one junior — especially the pitching staff, which is entirely made up of sophomores, and the struggle to even play games early on, the Marlins are in pretty good shape so far.

At press time, the team was 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Catholic League Central Division.

“Really, it’s defense that probably cost us those games,” Ashe said. “So we’re really working at that.”

Ashe spoke one day after his team was swept in a doubleheader against Allen Park Cabrini, dropping the first game 4-3 and then allowing 12 runs in the second.

His girls are learning on the fly, as is he.

Ashe has been with the Mercy program in some capacity for 22 seasons now, but this is his first as head coach.

“It’s different,” he said. “I mean, you spend so much time as an assistant, but this is totally new. At the same time, I’m really enjoying it. I’m excited about the opportunity for this team to grow.”

And that’s what it’s all about now: continued growth.

The Marlins have plenty of games left to get better now that the weather has seemingly started to cooperate, so playing games will be more of a consistent theme.

“I feel like we’re going to hold our own in the Catholic League,” Ashe said. “We’re getting there. Beyond that, it’s about getting better so we are playing our best come (state) playoff time.”

Mercy won a state title in 2016 and reached the regional final last year.

“This is a team that has the chance to build for a couple years now,” Ashe said. “We’re excited about the future here.”

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