Author: Dan O'Meara
Farmington Hills Mercy got the 2015 softball season off to a good start Tuesday, sweeping a Catholic League doubleheader from Central Division rival Warren Regina, 7-1 and 10-0.
Junior Abby Krzywiecki went 3-for-3 with three RBI and was the winning pitcher in the first game. She scattered five hits, struck out six and walked three.
Krzywiecki knocked in the team's first three runs with a single and a two-run homer. The visiting Marlins clinched the victory with a four-run seventh.
Junior Andrea Elmore belted a two-run double in that inning. Senior Molly Murphy tripled to drive in a run, and sophomore Alissa Sweeney added an RBI single.
Freshman Anna Dixon went 3-for-4 for the Marlins. Jessica Munson hit a run-scoring single for the Saddlelites.
Mercy had 10 hits off Regina pitcher Marissa Tiano, who posted nine strikeouts, issued six walks and hit one batter.
The Marlins broke open the six-inning second game with a seven-run fourth. The big hits were Krzywiecki's two-run homer and Murphy's two-run single.
Senior Alex Sobczak tripled to drive in a run in that inning. Sophomores Sophia VanAcker and Shannon Gibbons contributed RBI singles.
Senior Jordan Johnson finished off the Saddlelites with a solo homer in the sixth inning and an RBI single in the sixth.
Senior Anna Kiafoulis went 3-for-4 for the Marlins. Johnson, Sobczak, Krzywiecki and senior Cari Padula had two hits apiece.
Mercy had a total of 15 hits against Regina pitcher Nicole Roeske, who fanned seven and walked one.
Elmore pitched a two-hit shutout for the Marlins. She struck out seven and issued two walks.