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Mercy makes it tough, but Regina finally gets the one it needs to win CHSL Central title WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)
  • Warren Regina needed to win just one of two games at Farmington Hills Mercy on Friday to clinch the Catholic League's Central Division title. Mercy won the first game, 6-4, but Regina won the nightcap, 6-3. (MIPrepZone photo by Matthew B. Mowery)

FARMINGTON HILLS >> The Regina Saddelites only needed one, but obligatorily, they had to work for it.

Coming into Friday’s Catholic League doubleheader against defending Central Division champion Farmington Hills Mercy with a two-game cushion, thanks to an earlier home sweep, the Saddelites just needed to take one of two to take the title back to Macomb County with them.

Mercy's seniors didn't want to let it go without a fight, rallying to win the opener, 6-4 — making things a little nerve-wracking for Regina — before falling in the nightcap, 6-3.

“If we would’ve lost twice, we would’ve been tied for first. Run-wise, they would’ve had to score 13 runs between the two games, but we would’ve been tied for first, if we’d have lost both,” Regina coach Diane Laffey said, admitting she was a bit nervous after the Game 1 loss ate away a bit of that cushion. “A little bit, yeah. …

“A little bit, because I thought when we rallied back, we had this thing, and then we imploded. They hit the ball well. There’s no question they hit.”

It was almost as much of a relief for the retooling Marlins to even get one of the two, considering how they’d fared in the first meeting, getting mercy-ruled, 11-1, then losing 5-2.

“We knew we needed them both. I’m just happy the way we came out. They played well. Regina beat us up the last time we played,” Mercy coach Alec Lesko said. “Our seniors, our leadership all year — we’ve got a lot of young kids — and the seniors are really working hard. They’ve actually been as patient as they could be with having the young ones learn the way we do things, and today was a huge step forward for us, to rebound from where we were the first time we played them.”

It figures that those Marlin seniors would have a hand in trying one last gasp effort to keep the CHSL Central title in hand, especially on Senior Day.

After Regina rallied with a four-run fifth to take a 4-2 lead — getting two on a double by Leah Munson and another on a single by Marisa Muglia — the Marlins came right back in the bottom of the sixth to reclaim the lead.

Senior Nicole Belans, who’d homered in the Division 1 state title game last spring, led off the four-run rally with a solo homer.

“It’s incredible. I talk about it all the time. … Someone like Nicole just seems that she understands,” Lesko said. “She’s a very, very intelligent kid, and is at her loosest, and most concentrated in those big moments, and she just gets it done. That’s why we moved her to the clean-up spot. We had all those other ones on base all the time, and she gets to do it.”

After senior Shannon Gibbons reached on an error, Sarah Cassidy and Dunya Kizy singled home runs to put Mercy back on top, then senior Mary Reeber doubled home an insurance run.

Mercy took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, as well, ratcheting up the pressure on the Saddelites. Both runs scored on a single by Belans.

Regina got one back in the second, on an RBI single by Megan Ross, then took the lead with four in the third, one on an RBI single by Jessie Munson to tie it, and two on a double by Katie Bieszke to take the lead.

After that, leadoff hitter Melina Livingston would pop a pair of solo home runs to add more cushion.

“It adds cushion. She’s probably hit eight or 10 this year. And a lot of them leading off the first inning. The good thing is, we’re mainly juniors and sophomores,” Laffey said of her team, which opens the CHSL tournament on Wednesday. “It’s just very good softball when we play them (Mercy). The way our league is right now, you look forward to this, because you know it’s going to be a good game.”

Mercy got one run back in the seventh, when Anna Dixon reached on an error, and scored on a fielder’s choice by Gibbons, but it wasn’t enough.

The Marlins are radically different from last year’s state title team, with all-state center fielder Sophie Van Acker moving to third base, and right fielder Reeber going to second, sliding Belans over to first, with Gibbons sticking at shortstop. Aside from the veteran Dixon behind the plate, and the now all-senior infield, it’s been a steep learning curve for the rest of the squad.

It wasn’t hard to convince the seniors to make the adjustments for the team, though.

“That was my thought coming in, that that mindset was going to be difficult. And we’ve been blessed with these four kids, because whatever we’ve asked them to do — we’ve got kids moving out of position, doing things that we didn’t anticipate — and they’re buying right in. Actually, it doesn’t even surprise me, because throughout their career here, anything and everything we’ve asked them to do, they’ve tried their best to do,” Lesko said.

“These kids have been on the biggest stage. They had a semifinal as sophomores, a championship as juniors, and there’s still that in their blood. And that’s what we’re looking to build on, going forward, is trying to get some kind of consistency to click.”

Last Updated: 5/12/2017 9:22:15 PM EST


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