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Softball roundup: Krzywiecki sets state HR record, Mercy wins regional

Al Willman
Special to The Detroit News
Abby Krzywiecki and Farmington Hills Mercy play Lake Orion at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Saturday was a big day for Farmington Hills Mercy’s softball team and senior first baseman Abby Krzywiecki.

Mercy beat White Lake Lakeland 3-0 in the semifinals and then Walled Lake Northern 11-1 to win its Division 1 regional.

In the top of the fifth of Mercy’s five-inning win in the championship game, Krzywiecki hit a solo home run to set the single-season state record of 20. She's also tied for the third most RBIs in a season with 90.

“I watched it go over the fence and I just threw my arms up in the air,” said Krzywiecki, who was 3-for-3 against Northern, improving her batting average to .565 this season. “It was one of the moments of the most pure joy in my life.”

Mercy advances to play Lake Orion in the D1 quarterfinals Tuesday at Wayne State.

Mercy coach Alec Lesko had nothing but praise for the senior.

“I’ve been around a long time and for a kid to get her 20th homer and 90 RBIs, I’ve never seen it done before,” he said. “Abby, at Mercy, from the time she stepped in the door as a freshman has been a bona fide power hitter. She’s the biggest cheerleader in practice. She is the glue that holds everything together.”

After shutting out Lakeland 3-0 in the regional semifinal, Mercy coach Alec Lesko said he was nervous to face Northern.

“Walled Lake Northern is a very solid team,” Lesko said. “I know a lot of those kids. I’ve been around the softball world a long time.”

Anna Dixon and Cari Padula were both 2-for-3 for Mercy (40-2).

However, Mercy’s offense came to play. It scored in every inning, and broke the game open in the fourth. Already up 5-0 with the bases loaded, Nicole Belans made contact on a swinging bunt -- which Lesko admitted was a pitch she was jammed on. The throw to first base sailed over the head of the first baseman, and down the right-field line -- clearing the bases.

That was more than enough support for Mercy senior pitcher Andrea Elmore (28-1). She threw her second complete game of the day, allowing only one run.

“I love working with Andrea,” Krzywiecki said. “She has improved so much. I think her mentality has gotten a lot tougher.”

Lesko said the plan for Lake Orion is simple: “We need to continue to do what we do.”

Krzywiecki expanded on her coach’s approach.

“It’s a normal day and a normal game,” she said. “I think that we have perfect team chemistry and communication. You don’t just want to win it for the state championship, but you want to continue spending time with your friends.”

SOFTBALL REGIONAL FINAL SCORES

Division 1

Allen Park 3, Plymouth 1

Farmington Hills Mercy 10, Walled Lake Northern 1

Garden City 19, Grosse Pointe South 2 (4 innings)

Lake Orion 6, Romeo 1

Macomb Dakota 10, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 0

Mattawan 9, Howell 6

Midland 7, Marquette 1

Rockford 12, Byron Center 2 (6 innings)

Division 2

Alma 8, Lansing Catholic 6

Dearborn Divine Child 9, Center Line 0

Escanaba 10, Muskegon Oakridge 6

Livonia Ladywood 16, Milan 5 (5 innings)

Richmond 4, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 0

Saginaw Swan Valley 6, Essexville Garber 0

Vicksburg 10, Coldwater 0

Wayland Union 7, Hudsonville Valley Christian 3

Division 3

Gladstone 6, Boyne City 1

Grandville Calvin Christian 2, Coloma 1

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 13, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 0

Manistee 10, Montague 6

Millington 2, Byron 0

Monroe St. Mary 7, Clinton 1

Shepherd 6, Reese 5

Webberville 2, Bronson 1

Division 4

Coleman 11, Fulton 0 (5 innings)

Decatur 5, Kalamazoo Christian 3

Holton 12, Vestaburg 8 (10 innings)

Indian River Inland Lakes 3, Norway 1

Morenci 8, Concord 3

Ottawa Lake Whiteford 2, Southfield Christian 0

Rogers City 6, Mio 4

Unionville-Sebewaing 2, Waterford Lakes 0

Al Willman is a freelance writer.

Twitter: @AlWillmanSports