Spring break started out rough for Copperas Cove’s softball team, but things quickly improved.

After winning their first two District 8-5A games by a combined score of 42-1, including a shutout victory against Shoemaker, the Lady Bulldawgs hit a small slump, losing back-to-back contests before bouncing back with a 14-10 win at Ellison on Tuesday.

Copperas Cove suffered its first district setback at Waco last Friday, falling to Midway 9-0, and followed it up by getting shut out at home against Belton.

The Lady Tigers quickly took control of the Monday afternoon contest, scoring three unanswered runs in the first inning before increasing their advantage to 7-0 entering the third inning.

Things did not get any better for the Lady Bulldawgs as Belton earned the run-rule victory in six innings.

Copperas Cove finished with just four hits in the loss with Ellianna Doubleday, Carlee Duran, Destiny Henderson and Rachel Jost accounting for one apiece.

The Lady Tigers had no such problems putting the ball into play.

Three players — Bekah Alcozer, Alyson Bishoff and Kacey Schescke — recorded two hits apiece as Belton produced 11 hits as a team.

Making matters worse for the Lady Bulldawgs was the fact they committed two errors and left four runners stranded.

One day later, Copperas Cove reversed its fortune, withstanding a furious comeback attempt by the Lady Eagles to end their two-game skid.

Tied 2-2 following the first inning, the Lady Bulldawgs exploded for six runs in the second inning and added two more in the third to create a commanding 10-3 lead.

It would not hold, though.

Ellison scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning and tied the score at 10 in the following inning.

With their backs against the wall, the Lady Bulldawgs responded with a strong finish, scoring pinch-runner Tayler Hammack on a sacrifice fly by Veronica Marshall to break the tie in the sixth inning.

Moments later, Irene Espinoza hit a three-RBI double to provide the final runs of the game.

The victory concluded the Lady Bulldawgs’ hectic span of playing three district games in five days and gives them an 11-10, 3-2 record heading into Tuesday’s home game against Temple.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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