Detroit — Megan Ross had a lot to tell her triplet brother Monday night at his graduation at Warren De La Salle.
After all, Ross had just scored the winning run in Warren Regina’s 5-4 comeback win over Farmington Hills Mercy in the Catholic League A-B softball championship game at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Ross, a senior outfielder, went 4-for-4 from the No. 7 spot in Regina’s order. She had a one-out double in the bottom of the seventh and scored in walk-off fashion following Katie Bieszke’s line drive over the center fielder’s head.
“It’s awesome,” said Ross, who singled in the second, singled and scored in the fourth, and had an RBI single in the three-run fifth to help Regina pull even after trailing 4-0. “I love playing with my team and it was such a great experience to really push hard. We fought and it turned out in our favor.”
Megan’s triplet sister Lauren played alongside her in the outfield. They posed with their teammates for a championship picture before making their way to cheer their brother on at his graduation.
Legendary Regina coach Diane Laffey, who is the state’s all-time winningest softball coach, was thrilled with the comeback win and even more impressed with the bottom half of the order with Ross (4-for-4), Bieszke (2-for-3) and freshman catcher Megan Maiuri (1-for-3) combining for half of Regina’s 14 hits.
“This is great, to be able to come back,” Laffey said. “We’ve hit all year, but you don’t like to get behind by that much. And, thank God for those two kids (Megan, Lauren Ross). Their triplet brother (Adam) is graduating from De La Salle tonight. They’re valedictorians at our place and he’s valedictorian at De La Salle. We needed them today, timing worked great.
“We have had to come back before, had to come back against (Allen Park) Cabrini, had to come back against Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard, but not in a game this important. These kids just refuse to lose. And, it was the bottom of our order and that has happened before, but it’s usually been the top that has carried us.”
Bieszke was looking for a pitch she could drive and found one to enable Regina to walk away with the championship trophy, repeating as Catholic League champs and winning the league title for the third time in the last four years.
“She (Mercy sophomore pitcher Julia Crowley) honestly gave me one that I knew I could hit, just saw it and drove it,” said Bieszke of her first walk-off hit. “It was a pretty good pitch, outside. It was one of those hits where you could just feel it in the bat. I’m so happy because my whole team deserves it.”
Junior Marisa Muglia earned the win for Regina (19-5). She gave up four runs in the top of the third on four straight hits by Grace Nieto, Sarah Cassidy, Anna Dixon (bunt single) and Maggie Murphy (double).
Muglia pitched out of trouble several times. In the second inning, she stranded runners on first and second by getting the final two batters on a fielder’s choice and strikeout. Then in the fifth, she got the final two batters on a line out to first and a strikeout, and struck out the final two batters in the seventh with runners on first and second.
Melina Livingston and Meghan Berlin had two hits apiece for Regina, which swept the three games between the teams this season.
Dixon reached base four times on two hits, a walk and a hit by pitch for Mercy, which last won the Catholic League title in 2016.