Metro junior Aubree Maul has accomplished a lot this softball season. Maul was named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball Pitcher of the Week three times and was named to the second-team Academic All-RMAC.
In the classroom, Maul has a 3.44 grade point average. She is seeking a degree in hospitality, tourism and events and says that after graduation she would like to go to culinary school.
On the field, Maul has a 18-7 pitching record this year with a 3.34 earned run average. She has complied 118 strikeouts in just under 150 innings, and she has held batters to a .256 batting average.
Maul has also does damage as a batter this season, hitting 11 homeruns with a .270 batting average. She also has 30 RBIs.
“Aubree is a quiet leader and I think she leads by example on the field,” softball head coach Kristi Lansford said. “I am excited that she is coming back next year. She is one of those ‘yes coach’ players that will do whatever we ask her to do.”
Maul attributes her work ethic to her father.
“My dad taught me that if you are not working hard it is not going to pay off,” Maul said.
Maul has taken that lesson and run with it. When Maul started her career at eight-years-old, she was the only girl on her baseball team. She then switched to softball when she was 10 and began to play competitively.
Maul played firstbase on the varsity team her freshman year at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo. During her sophomore season, Maul moved to left field where she helped her team win the 5A state championship.
“I have always been a pitcher, but when I got to high school the team already had some good pitchers, so I worked hard where they put me,” Maul said.
In 2010, Maul was recruited by then Metro head coach Jen Fisher to play firstbase. She was one of the top freshman softball players in the RMAC, batting .311 with 28 RBIs, 20 runs scored, and four home runs.
It was a big year for the young player, and it all came to fruition when she had two hits against No. 19 Angelo State at the College World Series.
“That was probably the biggest day of my life and is something I will never forget,” Maul said.
For Maul, that game was both the best and worst memory of her career because they played in the College World Series, but lost.
In 2011, Maul was named Academic All-RMAC honor roll and preseason All-RMAC. Her highlight on the mound that year was a complete game shutout, including eight strikeouts, against New Mexico Highlands.
She has continued her dominance on the field and in the classroom by again being named to the RMAC All-Academic team in 2012.
Metro sophomore catcher Kelsey Tillery has known Maul since middle-school and agrees with Lansford that Maul has a quiet way of leading the team.
“She doesn’t really say much, she comes in when we need her to, she hits when we need her to hit,” Tillery said. “She is by far the best hitter on the team and the best pitcher.”
Whether she’s verbal or not, clearly Maul’s skill set and leadership have won over her teammates and coaches, and have helped win numerous games for the ’Runners over her remarkable career.
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