Copperas Cove’s Rylie Radigan (3) hits an RBI single against the Lady Knights on Thursday in Harker Heights.

Andy Zavoina | Herald

Thanks in part to sophomore Jayda Carter’s big bat, the Lady Bulldawgs are returning to the playoffs for fifth consecutive season.

Leading 5-4 at Harker Heights last week, Carter connected on a three-run home run in top of the seventh inning, propelling Coppera Cove to an 8-4 victory and clinching at least the fourth seed in District 8-6A.

The Lady Bulldawgs maintained the momentum Tuesday, beating Killeen 9-2.

Copperas Cove is 16-10-1 overall with an 8-5 showing in district, and the Lady Bulldawgs enter tonight’s regular season finale against Belton with a one-game lead over San Angelo Central (13-14, 7-6) for third place.

The Lady Tigers can clinch the district championship with a win and a Waco Midway loss at Ellison.

Central is playing at Shoemaker. The Lady Grey Wolves are 1-12 in district.

Track and field

A number of Copperas Cove athletes attempted to qualify for the upcoming Region I-6A Meet at Thursday’s Area Meet at Midway.

Final results were not available prior to press time.

Anayah Copeland (400-meter dash), Amber Boyd (800 and 1,600), Mahal Thorpe (100 hurdles), the girls 800 relay and girls 1,600 relay teams, Aidan Chace (high jump), Jada Close (high jump), Jeala Rice (high jump), Eric Caine (100), Shontez Simmons (200), Reginald Mouton (800), Dahmir Pearson (800 and 300 hurdles), the boys 400 relay and 800 relay teams, Josh Canete (high jump), Kyle Stifflemire (pole vault), Darious Fuselier (pole vault), Quinton Ford (high jump and triple jump), Tyson Curry (shot put) and Daveon Thomas (shot put) will all compete.

The top four finishers in each event reach regionals.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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