Heading into a road game against Killeen, Harker Heights head coach Jaime Stephens said she hopes to see carryover from the Lady Knights’ Tuesday game against Belton.
It isn’t every day that a coach wants to see anything continue from a 15-1 loss, but Heights actually saw plenty of positives against first-place Belton, especially early in the game.
“We lost 15-1, but I will say that the girls, they stepped foot on the field ready to go,” Stephens said.
“That’s one of the things that us coaches talked about.”
Belton has dominated district opponents this season.
But against Heights on Tuesday, the Lady Tigers were retired in order to start the game.
Heights then put Belton in a rare hole by scoring the first run of the game in the bottom of the inning.
This coming against a team that has allowed just six runs in district play all season.
Heights didn’t score again while Belton scored 15 unanswered runs.
But Heights still saw positives later in the game, as the Lady Knights had a runner reach in every inning but the fifth inning.
After pinpointing offense as a point of concern, the effort Tuesday was an encouraging sign.
“Positives, I can say we were making contact with the ball whereas we didn’t the last time we played them,” Stephens said.
Of course, now isn’t the time for Heights to rest on its laurels.
Stephens said the Lady Knights had base-running errors that kept those base runners from turning into runs as the game went on.
Heights will have to fix stuff like that if Tuesday is truly to become a turning point.
“There’s things that we have to build on from that to continue our momentum and growth throughout the season,” Stephens said.
Heights will have its chance to prove itself tonight against Killeen.
And while the Lady Knights badly need the win as they hope to begin a second-half run, they go in with confidence after what they saw Tuesday.
“From letting Friday’s game (against Copperas Cove) go to starting fresh on Monday and then bringing that to the game on Tuesday it was a huge difference,” Stephens said. “So, definitely that’s a momentum builder going into Friday’s game.”