WACO—The Copperas Cove Lady Bulldawgs softball season ended in Waco on Saturday with a 7-6 eight-inning loss to Mansfield Timberview in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
But don’t expect first-year Cove head coach Bryan Waller to soon forget the season-finale or, for that matter, the 2014 Lady Dawgs team.
“I told our girls they won’t forget this game for the rest of their lives, or this season, because of what it meant for the Copperas Cove program,” Waller said. “This team made strides here in re-establishing this program.”
Timberview finished both the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons as District 7-5A champions. The Lady Wolves were 23-6 this year. They defeated Cove in Game 1 on Friday night 13-2.
“Our team could have easily come in here for Game 2 and just laid down—but they didn’t,” Waller said.
Timberview head coach Donya Mooney was impressed.
“Cove obviously has strong leadership and you have to give credit to their seniors for the way they played us in Game 2,” she said. “They gave us a great fight and a great game. They certainly made things tough for us.”
The five seniors on Cove are Irene Espinoza, Tayler Hammack, Elliana Doubleday, Destiny Henderson and Destiny Cox.
In Saturday’s contest vs. Timberview, Doubleday had a two-RBI single and made a sensational catch in centerfield, Espinoza blasted an over-the-wall homer, Henderson had a clutch RBI single and Hammack also came through — knocking in two runs with a sixth-inning single.
“Our seniors stayed true to their character,” Waller said. “They led us. They’re one of the best group of seniors I’ve ever coached.”