Shoemaker at Copperas Cove Baseball

Copperas Cove's Colby Jost hits an RBI single against Shoemaker on Tuesday night in Copperas Cove. Jost was 3 for 3 at the plate in the Bulldawgs' 4-1 win.

The Bulldawgs earned their first District 8-6A victory Tuesday, defeating visiting Shoemaker 4-1.

After going undefeated through nondistrict competition, Copperas Cove was swept by Waco Midway, losing the opener 7-0 before suffering a 4-2 loss at home.

But the Bulldawgs’ lone losing streak of the season quickly ended.

Led by shortstop Colby Jost’s 3-for-3 showing at the plate to go with a pair of RBIs, Copperas Cove never trailed in the contest after taking an early lead.

Following a scoreless first inning, Bulldawgs first baseman Tyler Ingram collected the game’s first hit with a standup double to right field, and in the following at bat, Jost sent him across home plate with an infield single.

The score held until the fourth inning, when the Grey Wolves produced their only run of the night off an error, tying the score 1-1. In the bottom of the inning, however, Copperas Cove responded as Ingram’s RBI scored pitcher Cameron Johnson.

One inning later, Jost’s hit a single and designated hitter Justin Velesky was walked with the bases loaded, allowing teammates Josh Ropple and Johnson to score for the final runs.

Defensively, Johnson allowed just two hits and struck out 13 batters en route to the pitching victory.

With the win, Copperas Cove (15-2-2, 1-2) a two-way tie for fifth place in the standings with Killeen.

Undefeated through three games, Belton and Midway are tied atop the standings with Ellison and San Angelo Central following at 2-1, Harker Heights and Shoemaker are each 0-3.

The Bulldawgs will look to improve their positioning tonight, when they travel to play Shoemaker before opening a series against Ellison on the road Tuesday.

SOFTBALL

Copperas Cove improved to 3-3 in district Tuesday with a 10-0 run-rule victory against Killeen.

Prior to the game being stopped in the fifth inning, the Lady Bulldawgs sent a pair of pitches out of the park as Madalyn Scribner hit a two-run home run and Jayda Carter connected on a solo home run.

On the mound, Brook Schmidt earned the win, pitching a complete game with two hits and six strikeouts.

The victory moves Copperas Cove into a tie with Harker Heights for fourth place in the district standings. Midway is in first place with an unblemished record through six games, and Belton and Central follow at 5-1 and 4-2, respectively. Shoemaker (2-4), Killeen (1-5) and Ellison (0-6) round out the standings.

The Lady Bulldawgs host Belton at 7 p.m. today.

TRACK & FIELD

With spring break complete, the Bulldawgs and Lady Bulldawgs are set to return to action.

The Bulldawgs will travel to Midway to compete in the Panther Relays on Saturday, while the Lady Bulldawgs are taking part in the Joshua Owls Relays today.

Next week, both teams will participate in the Waco ISD Relays.

The district meet will be April 4-5.

GOLF

With the district tournament set for April 3-4 at Killeen’s Stonetree Golf Course, Copperas Cove is prepared to conclude its regular season schedule.

Beginning today, the Bulldawgs will compete in the two-day tournament at Waco’s Twin Rivers Golf Club, while the Lady Bulldawgs will play at Concan Country Club on Monday.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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