After returning to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008, Copperas Cove appears poised to make a repeat trip.

The Lady Bulldawgs opened District 8-5A play Tuesday at Killeen, where they defeated the Lady Kangaroos 25-1, earning the run-rule victory in five innings.

It was the first district game for first-year head coach Bryan Waller, who inherits the program from Shelly Hayes. She spent one season at the helm, finishing her tenure with an 18-17 overall record and going 8-6 in district to finish fourth in the final standings.

Under Hayes, pitcher Carlee Duran flourished, making the all-district second team as a sophomore, and looks to be on pace for another standout season. She pitched the complete game, striking out seven Killeen batters.

Offensively, Copperas Cove scored 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Senior Elliana Doubleday led the Lady Bulldawgs, posting two hits, three runs scored and seven RBIs, while teammates Tayler Hammack and Destiny Henderson also accounted for a pair of hits apiece.

Copperas Cove opens play at the Taylor tournament today before resuming its district schedule Tuesday at home against Shoemaker.

Dawgs baseball resumes play at KISD Tourney

Following a two-game opening day at the Killeen Independent School District Tournament, Copperas Cove resumes play at the three-day tournament this afternoon.

The Bulldawgs are set to play University at 1:30 p.m. today at Harker Heights High School before concluding the tournament with two more games Saturday.

At Shoemaker High School, Copperas Cove will play Rockdale at 10 a.m. on Saturday before relocating to Harker Heights for an early-season District 8-5A preview against Ellison at 1 p.m.

After the tournament, the Bulldawgs will play one final nondistrict game at Waco next Friday before opening district at Killeen on March 11.

Cove soccer teams split games against Killeen

At Leo Buckley Stadium, the Lady Bulldawgs produced a shutout victory, beating Killeen 3-0 on Tuesday evening.

Incarnate Word commit Shelbie Letzer helped get things going for Copperas Cove by assisting Amanda Arrisola, who recorded the match’s opening score in the 8th minute.

Later in the first half, Ali McBride scored an unassisted goal to give the Lady Bulldawgs a 2-0 halftime advantage.

After intermission, Letzer accounted for Copperas Cove’s lone second-half goal, scoring in the 59th minute off a corner kick.

The victory improves the Lady Bulldawgs’ District 8-5A record to 3-6.

Playing at Bulldawg Stadium, Copperas Cove’s boys team did not fare as well, losing 3-1 to Killeen. With the defeat, the Bulldawgs fall to 1-8 in district.

Both squads play Shoemaker tonight with the Bulldawgs traveling for a 7 p.m. start, while the Lady Bulldawgs host the Lady Grey Wolves at 7 p.m.

Bulldawgs golf place second at Brownwood

Competing at the Bluebonnet Invitational on Tuesday, the Bulldawgs came up two strokes shy of earning the team title.

Led by Drew Dewald, who won the individual championship by shooting a field-low 69, the Bulldawgs turned in a team total of 320 to finish second behind Gatesville (319).

Hunter Wehmeier complemented Dewald’s performance by finishing with an 82 at the Brownwood Country Club, while Travis Dewald shot an 84, Bryce Anderson posted an 85 and Austin Frederickson rounded out the team with a 95.

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