Mark Twain and Palmyra drop Tuesday home softball games

Mark Twain and Palmyra drop Tuesday home softball
By Hannibal Courier-Post
Posted: Sep. 16, 2020 1:06 pm Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 1:14 pm

Mark Twain falls short to Silex

CENTER, Mo. | The Mark Twain softball team is getting closer and closer to earning its first win of the season, but fell short to Silex on Tuesday, losing 8-5.

The Tigers had 13 hits, including three doubles, which was the second straight game Mark Twain collected more than 10 hits.

“We're really honing our approach and capitalizing on balls left in the middle of the plate,” said Mark Twain head coach Ross Parcel. “Now we're getting that big hit with runners in scoring position as well.”

Mark Twain pitcher Molly Hill started the game, going seven full innings with eight strikeouts, while allowing eight hits and seven earned runs. Hill also had two hits at the plate.

Among the other Mark Twain batters collecting two hits included Audrey Ross, Taylor Martin and Emily Evans. Kenleigh Epperson had two RBIs, while Martin, Mariah Clements and Emma Clarkson each had one RBI.

Parcel sees improvement as his team still works to improve in other areas.

“Our offense is becoming more balanced with the bottom of the order starting to do damage,” Parcel said. “Just can't stay away from the big inning on defense.”

Mark Twain is now 0-6 for the season after Tuesday's loss. The Tigers will look for their first victory of the season on Thursday when they travel to Van-Far.

Palmyra softball drops conference game to Clark County

PALMYRA, Mo. | The Palmyra softball team fell to conference rival Clark County 10-3 at Flower City Park in Palmyra on Tuesday.

“(Clark County) was the better team,” said Palmyra head coach Alexis Van Nostrand. “We had runners on and couldn't score them. We had five errors in the field and that shouldn't have happened.”

Panthers freshman outfielder Alaina Loman had one hit, two walks and a run scored. Sophomore Abbey Redd had one hit, one walk and a run scored. Sophie Hoerr and Kennedy Wilson each had an RBI apiece.

Palmyra junior Jazlin Gottman started the game and was the losing pitcher after going three innings with four strikeouts, while allowing four hits, two walks and one earned run. Lydia Althoff pitched four inning in relief with four strikeouts, while allowing five hits, two walks and four earned runs.

The Panthers are now 4-3 this season. Palmyra hosts Bowling Green (7-2) on Thursday night and will play at Monroe City on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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MONROE CITY, MO. | Reginald T. Evans, 39, of Troy, Mo., suffered serious injuries in a Kawasaki UTV accident at 10:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in rural Ralls County. He went by private vehicle to Hannibal Regional Hospital.