Detroit — It's been 10 years since Warren Regina won a Catholic High School League softball title, and in the 45 years Diane Laffey has been coaching, this one, she says, is probably the most special of them all.
After defeating top-ranked Farmington Hills Mercy in the semifinals, Regina upset Livonia Ladywood, 3-1, in the CHSL A-B Division championship Monday at the University of Detroit's Buysse Ballpark.
"It feels great to win after getting beat by them four times," Laffey said. "We've completely turned it around since the last time we played them. I can't be prouder of them."
Regina struck first when Kristi Carlson knocked in two runs in the bottom of the third inning. It added a run in the fourth.
Ladywood (22-6) got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Erika Selakowski singled to left field to score Alexa Flores.
Pitcher Marissa Tiano made a diving catch in the seventh for the final out.
"We don't always have big strikeout numbers, but we do play good defense," said Laffey, who got a game-saving catch from Sydney Spatafore in the semifinals. "We play good defense behind our pitchers and that gives them the confidence to know they're going to field for them.
"It's been 10 years for us. This one's very special for us. We have a lot of great kids."
Tiano struck out seven for Regina (18-13), and was 3-for-3 with an RBI.
Freshman Hannah Davies threw a three-hitter and struck out 16 to lead Waterford Lakes to a 3-1 victory over defending champion Wixom St. Catherine (15-4) in the C-D Division final.
"Hannah is just incredible," coach Steve Troy said. "She's got great control. She never panics even though she throws a lot. She's got great composure for only being a freshman. It should be fun to watch her the next four years."
Alex Troy and Stephanie Carver each had two hits and a run scored for Lakes (18-1). Davies reached twice on errors and scored the final run.
Woodhaven 2, Southgate 1: Natalia Lasorda hit an RBI double and Hayley Neal had a walk-off single for Woodhaven (20-12).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 7, UD Jesuit 3: Matthew Gushee struck out 12 in a complete game, four-hit effort. Sean Fannon went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs scored, and Will Morrison went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for Liggett.
Hazel Park 11, Oak Park 7: Kyle McDaniel was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts, and Marques Hill went 3-for-3 with four RBIs for Hazel Park (9-16, 4-11 OAA Gold).
Melvindale ABT 16, Ecorse 0 (3 innings): Thomas Chandler and Curtis Derome each went 3-for-3 with two RBIs for ABT (22-4, 13-2 MMAC). Montez Perkins went 1-for-2 with a double for Ecorse (4-6, 3-6).
Sterling Heights Stevenson 10, Auburn Hills Avondale 4: Tyler Gonyea pitched a complete game, striking out five and giving up five hits. Mike Brown went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Devin Dudal went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Stevenson (23-6).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 6, Sterling Heights Stevenson 0: Whitney Fleming had a goal and two assists, and Casey Couturier had a goal and an assist for Stevenson (12-1-3, 4-1-2 MAC Red).
Bloomfield Hills 2, Clarkston 1: Jennifer Miller scored twice for Bloomfield Hills (8-4-2, 7-2-2 OAA White).
Marissa McNees is a freelance writer; News staff contributed