Big Walnut senior Shaye Kuhlman, who has been playing fastptich softball since she was nine years old, signed her letter-of-intent to play softball for the Eagles at Ashland University on Shaye Kuhlman Day last Thursday (April 3) at Big Walnut High School.
Ashland, an NCAA Division II school, is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference which includes Ferris State, Findlay, Grand Valley State, Hillsdale, Lake Erie, Lake Superior State, Malone, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Northwood, Ohio Domincan, Saginaw Valley State, Tiffin, Walsh and Wayne State.
The Eagles are coached by Sheilah Gulas who is entering her 18th season as Ashland’s head coach. She has compiled an 801-413 career record, including a 598-289 record in the Eagle dugout. Ashland entered the 2013 campaign in a rebuilding mode, closing the season with a 12-2 record in the Eagles final 14 games to finish with a 29-20 record after going 8-11 in their first 19 games. They reached the postseason for the fifth straight year, winning their first two games in the Midwest Sub-Regional before losing to the Indianapolis Greyhounds.
Kuhlman, who will earn her third varsity letter and her Senior Plaque at the conclusion of this season, was voted a First Team All-Central District as well as a Second Team All-Ohio and Second Team All-Ohio Capital Conference selection her junior season for coach Jeff Hatfield’s Golden Eagles. During her two seasons (sophomore and junior) with the varsity, Big Walnut has compiled a 37-21 (.638) record.
On the academic side, she was named a Big Walnut Scholar Athlete (3.20 Grade Point Average/Varsity Letter Winner) her sophomore season. Shaye is a member of the Big Walnut Wall of Fame.
During the offseason, Kuhlman plays Travel Softball with the Ohio Stingrays who captured the 2013 ASA State Championship.
When she is not involved in sports at Big Walnut, Kuhlman volunteers for the Humane Society of Delaware County and for Meals on Wheels as well as at a men’s homeless shelter.