Harker Heights head softball coach Jamie Stephens said the Lady Knights’ loss to Austin Anderson on Tuesday was a sign of why Heights may be better this season.

The 6-4 defeat dropped the Lady Knights to 2-6 on the season, but as they continue play in the Georgetown East View Classic today, Heights is encouraged by how it performed late against Anderson.

Heights entered the seventh and final inning down 6-1 but nearly rallied to tie the game.

According to Stephens, it was the type of late-game push the Lady Knights missed many times last year.

“It’s just a confidence builder for our kids, and playing seven innings and those things are big for us,” Stephens said. “We struggled in the past. We’re hoping to improve on that.”

Heights returns seven starters this season, including Reagan McIlvenna, an All-District 8-5A first teamer last season and standout junior pitcher Sierra Warren, not to mention its entire outfield.

But for Stephens, the biggest hurdle her team needs to clear in order to contend is a mental one.

“I know we can hit the ball,” Stephens said. “The girls have just got to have confidence in themselves.”

Stephens believes her team is beginning to gain that confidence now after a number of close games to start the season.

And the Lady Knights hope to continue that trend this weekend at the East View Classic.

Contact Jordan Mason at jmason@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7562​

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