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Posted on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm

After a few rough innings tied at 1-1, Hallsville’s Lady Indians softball team broke out and beat the visiting Mark Twain Lady Tigers 9-1, Wednesday night at Hallsville High School.

“I knew they were going to be a solid team coming up this year,” said Kachina Hudson, Mark Twain’s head softball coach afterward. “It  has been years since I

Marlene Kilpack steals home.

Marlene Kilpack steals home.

have seen them play or played them, but my memories of them were that they were normally a solid team.”

Mark Twain pitcher Sydnee Brothers started strong against the Hallsville painting the corners with her fastball.

“She threw her curve a lot too and her riser some.  I did not see a lot of speed changes tonight.”

What some saw as Hallsville dialing in on Brothers’ pitching from the fourth inning on, might have been a little fatigue, but was mostly mistakes in Highland’s defense, Hudson said. “We were misplaying the ball and had errors we shouldn’t have had.”

The Lady Tigers finished the game with an 0-4 record.

“The girls came out and battled through each inning,” said Hallsville’s new softball coach and HHS alumnus Ryan Crane. “We were able to get a solid lead and keep playing solid defense.”

Regarding the early innings when the teams were going head-to-head, he said Hallsville started slow, but returning to the defenses, said “Behind solid defense we limited their opportunities and stayed calm at the plate. We were able to prevail and figure out their pitcher and keep pounding away.”

On the subject of defense he commented junior Chole Barnhill’s performance in left field. “Left field’s a little bit new for her, she’s mostly been a primary infielder, but we saw some good things from her in practice that she’s worked at and thought she could do some things and she sure did tonight.”

Avery Oetting pitched the whole game, throwing a combination of drop balls and change-ups. “She works those very well and  hits her spots,” Crane said. “She does very well for a freshman.”

Taylor Jones, shortstop, he said also contributed “couple nice hits,” for the team.

Hallsville varsity softball is now 2-4.