The Mark Twain baseball team is still searching for its first win of the season after losing to Clopton 3-2 Thursday night.
“We are in the learning curve right now in terms of our batting,” Mark Twain coach Ben Strother said. “Our pitching and fielding are great. The last game we lost was 6-2 and today was 3-2. We have only had four hits between those two games so our timing has been slow to get on top of things. Once we get settled in at the plate I think we will be a lot better.”
The first two innings were scoreless, but Clopton got on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Clopton added another run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-0 lead over Mark Twain.
That insurance run in the fourth came in handy as Mark Twain rallied for two runs in the top of the fifth. But the Tigers were unable to scratch out one more run to tie the game.
On the mound, Dylan Thomure tossed a complete game for the Tigers. Thomure scattered five hits and two walks while striking out just one batter. All three runs he allowed were earned runs.
“(Thomure) did an excellent job,” Strother said. “It was very very needed. We are playing four games this week and we have two coming up on Saturday in the CCC Preseason Tournament. So we needed a big out from (Thomure) because we are not going to have too much depth on the mound. He did great. He only walked (two) and he threw to contact. He got ahead early in the count and only ended up throwing 75 pitchs.”
Mark Twain managed just three hits in the game with Logan Epperson leading the way. Epperson was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. The Tigers other hit came from Ethan Anderson. Brett Peter was 0-for-2, but reached on a dropped third strike and eventually came around to score. Thomure was 0-for-2 at the plate, but collected an RBI with a sacrifice fly to help his own cause.
“(Epperson) was one of the only two people in our lineup to get a hit,” Strother said. “I don’t think he had a hit last game, but he is going to be a good bat for us this season if he can stay on top of things.”
Mark Twain falls to 0-2 with the loss. After a day off today, the Tigers will back out on the diamond tomorrow.