Kiara Hurley And Kayla Wulf Lead Maumee To 7-0 Win At BG

Maumee junior first baseman Maddy Poling snags a line drive during an April 17 game at Bowling Green. Poling also contributed a hit to the eventual 7-0 Panthers victory. MIRROR PHOTO BY JOE NEGRICH

BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Catcher Kayla Wulf hit a trio of doubles and pitcher Kiara Hurley struck 10 batters out while leading Maumee to a 7-0 victory at Bowling Green on April 17. “It’s always good to get a road win in the NLL, being that it’s the toughest league in the area,” said Maumee softball coach Brian Jones. The state-ranked Panthers established an immediate lead over 2016 Maumee softball coach Shawn Watson and his Bobcats when sophomore leftfielder Parris Hurt drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on a Hurley single. Wulf next doubled off the fence, allowing senior shortstop Ariel Moore to plate two more Maumee runs with another single. Two innings later, Wulf recorded her second double with a one-hopper off the fence. After advancing to third on a Moore groundout, Wulf pushed the score to 4-0 by coming home on a two-out double by sophomore third baseman Brianna Zattau. BG rightfielder Cheyenne Child managed a double in the bottom of the frame, but Hurley ended the threat with her fifth strikeout of the young contest. The Panthers then added their final three runs in the top of the fourth on Wulf’s third double, a single by junior centerfielder Shelby Bundy, a walk by freshman Taylor Duby and the third Bobcats error of the contest. Third baseman Cassidy Yarnell doubled and moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by leftfielder Sara Foster in the bottom of the stanza, but again failed to bring the runner home. Maumee and Bowling Green later got singles from Duby and designated player Morgan DeSmith in the game’s fifth inning, but no further damage was done. Hurley earned the win after allowing just three hits and no walks in a complete-game performance and Wulf added three runs and an RBI to her stat sheet. “Kiara pitched well,” Jones said. “She was hitting her spots very well today and had some good movement on her riseball. She and Kayla just work so well together. Kayla hit the snot out of the ball.” In addition to Bundy (run, stolen base), Duby (walk, run, stolen base), Hurt (walk, run), Hurley (run, two RBI), Moore (three RBI) and Zattau (double, RBI), junior first baseman Maddy Poling also notched a hit and sophomore Nicole Archambeau was hit by a pitch and stole a base for the Panthers. In addition to their offensive contributions, Bundy and Moore also shined defensively, as Maumee improved to 8-4 (3-0 in Northern Lakes League play). “Shelby played well in center field,” Jones said. “She tracks the ball very well and made a couple of very nice plays. Ariel has also done well defensively. She’s got very good range for a middle infielder and loves getting dirty. “That lifts up the team when you play good, solid defense. It’s definitely good to be 3-0 in the league.” Andrea Cromley took the loss after surrendering six earned runs on nine hits and three walks. The Bobcats dropped to 3-6 (0-2) in defeat.

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