THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Softball, baseball games reign at end of seasons

Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 8:08 p.m. CDT; updated 7:19 a.m. CDT, Monday, May 6, 2013
From left, first baseman Kelsea Roth, short stop Emily Crane and third baseman Angela Randazzo celebrate as pitcher Nicole Hudson runs into home plate after hitting a grand slam at the bottom of the second inning Sunday at University Field. The home run was Hudson's 15th this season and career No. 45.

COLUMBIA -The best photographs by Missourian photographers in the past week include Hickman Prom and softball and baseball games.

Missouri softball rallied behind Nicole Hudson on Saturday. Breanne Bradley took this photo of Hudson as she prepared to run into home plate after her grand. The Tigers beat Tennessee 12-8 for the seniors' last regular season game of their careers at MU.

Hickman High School had their prom on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. Whitney Hayward was able to capture this photo of Jordan Moore carrying her tennis shoes - a precaution taken to avoid the pains of dancing the night away. The theme for the Prom was Arabian Nights.

Rock Bridge senior and outfielder Matt Priest has been an unlikely hero for the Bruins this season. He was originally used mostly as a pinch-runner. Now, after filling in for an injured teammate, he has earned a permanent spot on the starting lineup, and has one of the hottest bats on the team. Ben Walton took his picture of Priest sliding to save a hit in Rock Bridge's 9-8 win against Eureka. 

Marvin Chapman fell in love with Eagles Bluff thanks to his daughters. They urged him to get out and stay active after the sudden death of his wife. He goes to Eagles Bluff to watch the birds and enjoy the great surrounding nature. Sam Gause took this picture of Chapman on his way to Eagles Bluff.

This is portrait taken by Greg Kendall-Ball of former Missouri Tigers soccer player Jessica Gwin was taken by setting the flash to fire multiple times. Gwin suffered four concussions and decided to stop playing the sport. Gwin, like other female athletes, is at higher risk for concussions and other sports injuries.

Rock Bridge forward Cara Wilfond takes a difficult shot during a 4-0 win against Smith-Cotton. Elizabeth Cardwell was able to get this shot during the Bruins' senior night where a former coach made a surprise visit.

Whitney Haywardtook this photo of the black curtain that separated those getting dental care and those waiting at a free dental clinic at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau. Some patients camped out in line for two days to get the free treatment.

Showkat Nanda was at the Tigers baseball game against Southeast Missouri State. He was able to get this photo of Dylan Kelly sliding into to second during the 9-7 loss. Kelly was called out.

Alex Clayton is the last man to graduate from Stephens College dance program. Greg Kendall-Ball took this photo of Clayton during rehearsal for a piece called "Seven." Clayton is hoping to take big steps to advance in the dance world.

Columbia College softball player Jamie Homes was called safe as she slid into second base. Amy Stroth took this picture during the Cougars 4-2 loss against Park University in the American Midwest Conference Tournament.

Pitcher Chelsea Thomas and outfielder Princess Krebs smile as they gather dirt from the infield as a keepsake. Breanne Bradley took this photo after the Tigers beat Tennessee 12-8 on senior night

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