Lady Dawgs win on the road
By Clay Whittington
Led by standout Anissa Amaro, the Lady Bulldawgs won their third consecutive game Wednesday, defeating Killeen Ellison 9-4 on the road.
After being postponed a day due to inclement weather that rolled through the area Tuesday, Copperas Cove was never challenged, opening a seven-run advantage behind Amaro’s performances at the plate.
The left fielder was 4 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.
Amaro was responsible for the game’s first run, sending teammate Trinity Zavala, who reached base on a single, across home plate in the second inning, and moments later, Amaro scored on Meagan Hunt’s RBI single.
The score held until the fourth inning, when the Lady Bulldawgs exploded for five runs, including a pair of two-RBI shots from Emma Waiak and Lynsey Robison, who helped Copperas Cove’s first five batters of the inning each round the bases.
Ellison responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and added three more in the sixth inning, but the Lady Eagles would not complete the comeback.
Amaro tallied her third single to begin the seventh inning, and she scored on a wild pitch during Hunt’s ensuing at bat. Hunt added the Lady Bulldawgs’ last run a few minutes later, when first baseman Iliana Buitron, who had two hits and scored a run, connected for an RBI single.
With the win, Copperas Cove (15-13-1) moved into a two-way tie with Bryan for third place in the District 12-6A standings.
Harker Heights sits atop the field with a 10-1 record, while Temple (8-3) sits one game ahead of the Lady Bulldawgs and Lady Vikings, who have identical 7-4 records. Belton (6-5), Ellison (4-7), Killeen Shoemaker (2-9) and Killeen (0-11) rounding out the standings.
Due to the Easter holiday, district teams competed Thursday to avoid conflicting with Good Friday, but a final score from Copperas Cove’s game at Bryan was not available. In the first-round encounter on March 23, the Lady Vikings defeated the Lady Bulldawgs 20-7 in six innings after scoring 15 unanswered runs to close the contest.
Copperas Cove concludes its regular-season schedule next week, traveling to Harker Heights on Tuesday before hosting Temple in the district finale April 22.