The 20th annual Mercy Softball Invitational also became known this year as the inaugural Jack Falvo Memorial Tournament.
The Marlins paid tribute to their former coach, who passed away last June after a battle with cancer, by winning the championship Saturday at Founders Sports Park.
Mercy (8-0) won four games and captured the tourney title with a 3-1 victory over Plymouth in the final game.
The Marlins broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Sophia VanAcker’s single brought Shannon Gibbons to the plate with the winning run, and VanAcker scored an insurance run on Mary Reeber’s double.
Mercy tied the score in the second inning when Cari Padula singled with one out, stole second base and scored on a base hit by Anna Kiafoulis.
Andrea Elmore was the winning pitcher for the second straight game. She scattered six hits, fanned four and didn’t walk a batter.
In the semifinal game, Elmore pitched a two-hit shutout as the Marlins whitewashed Northville, 8-0. She notched five strikeouts and walked just one.
Alex Sobczak, Jordan Johnson and VanAcker were 2-for-3. Sobczak knocked in three runs; VanAcker scored two.
In a two-run third inning, Sobczak hit a run-scoring double, and Johnson followed with an RBI single.
Mercy clinched the win with a five-run fourth. The big hit was VanAcker’s two-run triple. Cari Padula and Johnson had RBI singles, and Sobczak hit a sacrifice fly for another RBI.
The Marlins began the day with an 8-2 win over Novi. Abby Krzywiecki allowed just three hits in a complete game.
Krzywiecki, who struck out five and walked none, was 2-for-3 with four RBI. She sparked a six-run fifth with a bases-loaded triple.
Anna Dixon also went 2-for-3. Sobczak and VanAcker had one hit and scored two runs apiece. RBI singles by Molly Murphy and Johnson created a 2-2 tie after three innings.
Gibbons pitched a three-hit victory in the next game – a 4-1 defeat of Riverview. She fanned four and walked three in six innings.
VanAcker led an eight-hit Mercy attack by going 3-for-3. Sobczak was 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
Krzywiecki and Johnson each drove in a run to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead in the second inning. VanAcker and Murphy added RBI singles in a two-run fifth.