Detroit — It was a family affair in the Catholic League A-B Division softball title game Monday.
And it was Andrea Elmore who left Detroit-Mercy’s Buysse Ball Park with bragging rights.
Elmore, a senior who will pitch at Mississippi Valley State, gave up a leadoff walk before retiring the final 18 batters she faced — striking out 13 — and added an RBI double in the first off her cousin, Caley Gleason, to lead Farmington Hills Mercy to a 10-0 victory over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.
Elmore also had an RBI double in Mercy’s five-run second to open up a 7-0 cushion. The game was called after six innings.
“It was really weird, but you know it’s a rivalry and I can’t play it down,” Elmore said of facing her cousin for the first time since she was 10. “I felt a little bad, but not really because I’m out there helping my team.”
The no-hitter was the first for Elmore (19-0) this season.
Mercy sophomore catcher Anna Dixon led off the bottom of the first with a home run off the scoreboard in right, then crushed a three-run shot over the center-field fence in the second.
“I was so happy for her,” Elmore said of Dixon. “This is her first year catching so everything is new for her. She works on catching, then she tries to work on batting and sometimes she gets frustrated, so to watch her get two home runs in such an important game is amazing.”
Said Dixon: “That was my first ever home run, so different than anything I’ve ever done before. I guess I just got the right pitches to hit. I was just trying to get something started for the team and hopefully everything could work out from there.”
Dixon, who hit inside pitches for both home runs, entered the game hitting .478.
Senior first baseman Abby Krzywiecki had a two-run double in the third for a 9-0 cushion, one of Mercy’s seven extra-base hits.
Gleason was 22-2 with a 1.31 ERA and 178 strikeouts coming into the game.
Mercy (27-1) will try to duplicate what last year’s Catholic League champion, Warren Regina, did when it won the Division 1 state championship.
Class C-D championship
Freshman pitcher Anna Timm and the defense led Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard to a 5-1 victory over Waterford Lakes.
Gabriel Richard took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth when Morgan Heavener stole third and scored on an error.
Timm then received some solid defensive support in the bottom of the sixth. After the first two batters reached, right fielder Elena Wioncek made a running catch to rob Megan Ross of a hit and then doubled off the runner at second base.