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Lady Indians kick their defense up a notch; force Mark Twain to fight for 4-1 win

Posted on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 9:01 am

Head Coach Chad Twellman said the offense provided by Megan Henry has been key for the team lately.

Head Coach Chad Twellman said the offense provided by Megan Henry has been key for the team lately.

The Elsberry Lady Indians enjoyed a light schedule on the road last week.

In fact, their only opponent was Mark Twain.

That contest took place on Sept. 24 and it ended in a 4-1 loss for Elsberry.

Although technically not a win, the team celebrated the score as a moral victory for their defense.

“Sydney Pickard pitched a great game and Sammy Mooney had a nice defensive game,” said Head Coach Chad Twellman.

Pickard, a sophomore, finds herself this season in the unique position of being the team’s veteran pitcher in a bullpen of only two.

“Being considered a veteran pitcher when you’re only a sophomore is scary,” said Pickard.

That fear didn’t stop her from giving her best on the mound at Mark Twain, however.

“I felt more confident on the mound that night,” said Pickard. “I was able to focus more on the plays themselves and not worry about errors.”

While the team’s defense showed up that night, Twellman said things were a little tougher on the other side of the ball.

“We played pretty well against Mark Twain, but we just couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it,” said Twellman.

Elsberry had runners in scoring position in several innings, but more often than not they left them stranded.

“We just couldn’t get a timely hit,” said Twellman. “We threatened to score often, especially late in the game. We just couldn’t plate one.”

Twellman added that his young team is still striking out way too often.

In addition to the play of Pickard and Mooney, Twellman said he continues to be pleased with the offensive efforts of Megan Henry.

“Megan seems to be staying hot,” said Twellman. “She hit the ball hard three times against Mark Twain.