By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
Coach Jim Lowery made plenty of changes for his Copperas Cove softball team's Tuesday game with A&M Consolidated.
Looking to not only keep their playoff hopes alive but take advantage of their athleticism as well, the Lady Bulldawgs went out with players in different positions and a retooled batting order.
It didn't work, though Lady Tiger pitcher Sarah Halliwell had a lot to do with that.
Halliwell tossed a one-hitter while the Consolidated offense scored seven runs in its final two at bats for the 10-0 road win in six innings.
Cove (16-13) fell to 5-6 and remained in fifth place right behind Temple (6-5). The two meet tonight in Temple.
Shaba Brown, Cove's all-district shortstop played left field, while Savannah Seybold, Cove's regular catcher, played center. Seybold has started in center field before to utilize her speed, as Paige Thornhill started behind the plate, Ashley Hartwell played shortstop and Victoria Starns took Hartwell's normal spot at second base.
In the lineup, Seybold moved up to second in the order, while Justine Hartwell went from second to fifth. It was another move, Lowery said, to take advantage of Cove's speed and spreading it out through the lineup instead of bunched at the top.
"What we did is we wanted to shake everything up," Lowery said. "I've never been as nervous about a game because I knew, with what I was doing, I was either going to look like a genius or total moron."
A&M Consolidated got on the board in the second inning, as Dayton Kunz singled, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on an Alyssa Gregg single.
The Lady Tigers added two more runs in the third inning before stretching the lead out in the fifth. A&M Consolidated scored three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth, two coming off a Sarah Allison two-run homer.
Halliwell did the rest, striking out nine and not allowing a Cove baserunner to reach third base. The Lady Dawgs' lone hit was a Brown first-inning single.
Belton 5, Copperas Cove 0 (Friday) - At Belton, Jenna Roach shut down Copperas Cove for five innings, giving up three hits while striking out four as Belton defeated the Lady Bulldawgs 5-0 at Belton High last Friday.
Allison Boston came on in relief of Roach and needed just 21 pitches to strike out all six batters she faced and pick up the two-inning save.
Copperas Cove squandered its only opportunity to score when it loaded the bases in the fifth with one out.
However, Roach got Paige Thornhill to ground into a fielder's choice, and Belton got the out at home and then forced Savannah Seybold to foul out.
And as much as Cove's inability to hit the ball, hurt them the Lady Bulldawgs' mistakes in the field finished them off.
Megan Martel made a pair of mistakes in left field. The first was due to effort, though.
Martel attempted to make a diving catch of a frozen rope hit by Annie Bridges. She narrowly missed the catch and the ball rolled to the outfield wall for an RBI double.
Three batters later Madi Moore lifted a sky-high fly ball to left and the ball popped out of Martel's glove. The error allowed Bridges and Tayla Bishoff, who had been hit by a pitch, to score.
Alex Wilson then capped off the four-run inning with an RBI double to center field.
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