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Mercy looks to exact revenge on Regina in Catholic League semifinal

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Farmington Hills – Despite a bit of a slip up in its last two league games Farmington Hills Mercy remains the favorite to win the Catholic League Central Division title.

Mercy (18-2) will host Warren Regina in a semifinal Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Regina defeated Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 9-3, on Tuesday to advance.

The final is scheduled for Monday at the University of Detroit.

Mercy was 10-0 in division play before dropping a pair to Regina last week. The Marlins bounced back to defeat Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 2-1 in eight innings on Friday.

“The girls have come together well,” coach Alec Lesko said. “It’s not always the same girls stepping up.”

Senior shortstop Alex Sobczak continues to lead to lead the team in a number of categories. Sobczak displayed her versatility by playing all nine positions in the Gibraltar Carlson tournament over the weekend.

“She sets the tone,” Lesko said. “She’s on base all the time.”

Sobczak bats leadoff and has drawn 30 walks this season, 15 intentionally.

Junior Abby Krzywiecki, one of Lesko’s top two pitchers, leads the team with a .578 batting average.

In the victory over SMCC utility infielder Jordan Johnson, a senior, had the game-winning hit. Junior Andrea Elmore went the distance and struck out 17 in posting the victory.

Lesko said naming his starting pitcher will likely be a game time decision.