BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Maumee’s softball team rallied for three runs in its April 17 game but ended up falling one run shy of the visiting Southview Cougars.
Southview jumped out to a 4-0 lead by scoring two runs in both the first and second innings.
Shortstop Hailey Cramer and pitcher Skylar Nowak got things started for the Cougars with a pair of two-out bloop singles and advanced to second and third when first baseman Jenna Melville got plunked.
That was enough to set the table for catcher Melanie Monagan, who pushed both base runners across with a follow-up single.
After giving up a double to Panthers senior second baseman Nicole Archambeau in the bottom of the frame, Nowak immediately ended the threat with a pair of strikeouts.
Southview centerfielder Lauren Stout then began the second stanza with a one-out double and moved over to third on a single by third baseman Kristin Duling.
Leftfielder Olivia Fergu-son plated a third Cougars run on a sacrifice bunt and Cramer followed with an RBI single.
Maumee junior centerfielder Taylor Duby drew a walk in the bottom of the inning and bumped up to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman first baseman Peyton Phillips, but Nowak again used a strikeout to end the threat.
Neither team managed to get a runner on base in the third frame, but Southview’s offense came back to life in the top of the fourth.
This time around, Stout and Duling reached on a one-out walk and a single before scoring on an errant throw to third base as Ferguson reached on a fielder’s choice.
Now trailing 6-0, the Panthers finally got on the board in the bottom of the stanza when senior third baseman Brianna Zattau, junior catcher Alyssa Ellis, senior shortstop Parris Hurt and Duby all singled to score two runs.
Seemingly unimpressed, Nowak led the fifth frame off with a double to permit pinch-runner Sydney Walkin to score the seventh Cougars run on Maumee’s third error.
Down 7-2, the Panthers began their comeback attempt in the sixth stanza, when Hurt singled, advanced to second when Nowak slipped on the wet ground during an attempted pitch and scored on a two-out base hit from Phillips.
After a pair of three-up, three-down innings in the sixth and seventh, Maumee junior pitcher Mickey Ruiz knocked junior pinch-hitter Elizabeth Lunsford home with a one-out home run in the bottom of the seventh and Lunsford singled.
Archambeau next doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Southview’s only error of the night to push the score to 7-6.
Zattau, who reached on that error, instantly proceeded to second on another wild pitch, but Nowak ultimately ended the Panthers’ comeback attempt by serving up a lineout to first base and a fly-out to center field for the contest’s final outs.
Nowak earned the win after striking out eight batters while allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and a walk over seven innings.
She also joined Duling (run) in posting two-hit games for the Cougars.
Ruiz took the loss after surrendering four earned runs on eight hits and two walks and struck five batters out over seven innings.
Archambeau (double, run) and Hurt paced Maumee’s offense with two hits apiece, as the Panthers fell to 5-7 (1-3 in Northern Lakes League play).
MHS 8, Northview 5
Maumee earned its fifth victory two nights earlier against the visiting Wildcats.
Northview actually led 4-0 in the top of the game’s second inning, but the Panthers responded with a run in the second, two more in the third, three in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Maumee ended up outhitting the Wildcats 12-8.
Ruiz earned the win after allowing an earned run and striking out six while walking two.
Archambeau led the Panthers batters by going 3-for-4 and racking up two doubles, two runs and an RBI.
Ruiz (double, two runs, two RBI) and Duby (double, two RBI) added two more hits apiece and Phillips launched a home run and totaled a walk, two runs and an RBI.
Ellis (two walks), Hurt (sacrifice), Zattau (two walks, run, two RBI) and freshman Abbie Wolfram (walk, run) also had hits in the Maumee win.
Audrey Crawford took the loss for Northview after surrendering three earned runs on three hits and four walks over 2.1 innings.
Jessie Leggett (walk, home run, three runs, RBI) and Brookelyn Duhamel (double, run) paced the Wildcats offense with two hits each.