Shutout ends MT’s season

The Mark Twain softball team’s season came to an end Thursday night as the Lady Tigers were shut out by Clark County 3-0.
The Lady Tigers’ record breaking season was a big turn around from a year ago. Just one year after Mark Twain finished 10-14, the Lady Tigers set a new school record for wins in a season. Mark Twain extended that record to 17 wins when the Lady Tigers won their first round district game on Wednesday. While Mark Twain was unable to add on to the record Thursday night, Lady Tigers’ coach Audra Heimer was still pleased with the way her team turned things around this year.
“Overall we had a good season,” Heimer said. “A lot of people counted us out this season. But we came through and won some big games. We went 17-8 and we had a winning record. ... The girls have some momentum going into next year and they know that they can compete with some teams that they didnt have that (confidence) after last season.”
Mark Twain managed just three hits throughout the game. Mackenzie Grossmann, Kyley Barnes and Victoria Thompson were all 1-for-3 while Alicia Cole received three walks for Mark Twain. In all, the Lady Tigers left 8 runners stranded on the base paths, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning.
“We had plenty of chances,” Heimer said. “We had our chances to score. The first inning we really had our chance to score as we had the bases loaded that inning. We had our chances in the seventh inning too, we just couldn’t put a run across.”
On the mound, Grossmann (16-8) allowed all three runs, but it was errors that allowed the runs to score. Once again Grossmann reached double figures in strike outs as the junior fanned 10 batters.
“We made to many errors throughout the whole game,” Heimer said. “The first run they got and gave them momentum, they scored on an error.”