Fowls stars on the mound and at plate as Maumee pulls upset

5/30/2014
BLADE STAFF

BUCYRUS, Ohio — Maumee senior pitcher Sam Fowls threw a complete-game one hitter and hit a two-run home run to lead the Panthers to a 4-1 upset of powerhouse LaGrange Keystone in a Division II softball regional semifinal on Thursday.

Fowls struck out six batters and smacked a seventh-inning home run to push Maumee (19-9) past No. 2-ranked Keystone (27-2).

The unranked Panthers advance to play No. 4-ranked Lima Bath on Saturday in the regional at noon at Bucyrus High School.

Fowls (9-8) lost the no-hitter in the sixth when Keystone pulled within a run on an RBI single.

But Maumee put it away with two more runs in the seventh. Alex Perkins had a lead-off single. And then with two outs, Fowls hit a two-run homer to straightaway center. Fowls then sent the side down in order in the seventh to end it.

The Panthers, who did not commit an error, took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Emily Young started the inning with a hit. Salwa Al-Hajabed followed with a one-out single. Then with two outs, Janie Hudson had an RBI single and Brooke Morey followed with another RBI single.

Second baseman Ariel Moore made several superb plays in the infield.

Maumee made it to the regional finals in 2000 and 2001, but has not made it to state. Keystone has won three state titles among 13 appearances in the state final four.

“It means the world to us,” Maumee coach Shawn Watson said. “Keystone plays so well and everything. Sammy Fowls pitched a great game and we played solid defense.”

— Mark Monroe