Sunday, April 21

    Kirtland’s Max Paul fires no-hitter as Hornets improve to 5-0

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    Kirtland’s Max Paul threw a five-inning no-hitter in leading the Hornets to a 15-0 win over host John Marshall at League Park on Monday.

    Paul didn’t allow a hit or a run and struck out four to become the second Hornet to throw a no-hitter this spring. Drew Thaler threw a five-inning no-hitter last week in his first varsity start.

    “It was great,” Paul said. “We scored a few runs early on to get the lead, and I just relied on my defense to make plays and they did.”

    The Hornets gave Paul an early 1-0 lead after Trip Thaler drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first and scored on Tyler Turk’s RBI single.

    Kirtland blew the game open with four runs in both the second and third innings, and then invoked the run rule with three runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

    Turk finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Paul helped his own cause with two hits in three at-bats with three RBI and a run scored.

    But it was on the mound where Paul was at his best.

    He threw just 66 pitches to the 18 batters he faced.

    “I always try to get ahead of guys early,” Paul said. “My slider was a good pitch to get ahead of guys and it also gave me a few ground balls throughout the game.”

    Paul didn’t walk a batter in his first win of the season after a no-decision in his first appearance last week.

    “A game like this builds up confidence getting ahead of hitters, and just knowing that I can trust my defense behind me,” Paul said.

    Kirtland travels to Cuyahoga Heights on Wednesday.



    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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