By Angel Verdejo

The Cove Herald

Ellison seemed to make one mistake after another.

And every time - or at least it seemed - Copperas Cove took advantage Wednesday at home. The result was a 7-4 Lady Dawgs win to open District 12-5A play.

"This feels really good," said Cove left fielder Megan Martel, who reached base all three times she went to the plate and scored twice. "We have a really young team this year and it feels terrific to pull out the win."

The Lady Dawgs (1-0) started things in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of three Ellison miscues.

Ellison (0-1) quickly got two outs before Martel slapped an opposite-field single just fair to left. Tia Starns followed with what looked like the third out, but Ellison's Stevonia Hill misplayed the fly ball in right and the ball fell in. Hill's throw to third base went wide of the bag, allowing Martel to come around and score.

Starns, who reached second base on the error, later scored on an errant pick-off throw that ended up in center field.

"It's just those little errors that get you every time," Ellison head coach Rebecca Daley. "It's just about getting that defense up and ready."

The Lady Eagles nearly answered in the third. A hits batsman, an error and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, but Cove starter Kate Stephens got her counterpart, Alyssa Castro, to ground into a fielder's choice to escape the jam.

Instead, it was Cove that had an answer. And, again, it was the Lady Dawgs taking advantage of Ellison miscues, this time coming in the fourth inning.

"They gave us some things and fortunately, we were able to take advantage of it," Cove head coach James Lowery said. "That doesn't always happen - you get a break and still don't get any runs. But every time they gave us an opportunity, we made something happen."

It didn't start that way - Ellison gunned down Brianna Sinclair trying to leg out a triple for the first out.

But as Cove kept putting the ball in play, the Lady Eagles kept making mistakes.

The Lady Dawgs scored four runs off four hits and five Ellison errors. Twice, Ellison committed two errors on the same play, with Cove picking up a run each time. Uriah Kilwein also singled home Martel, who reached on an error.

Cove added a fifth-inning run, pushing its lead to 7-0 before Ellison finally got on the board in the sixth.

Castro doubled off the left-field wall, scoring Rayven Jones, who walked and stole second to start the rally. A Hill infield single put runners at the corners when a Cove infield error brought home Crystal Hall, who ran for Castro.

Tessa McCoy followed with a sacrifice that scored Hill, cutting Cove's lead to 7-3. A second error brought around Alicia Lopez, who reached on the first error.

"Today's a prime example of the fact that you can't wait until the last two innings to start and capitalize on the hits," Daley said. "We got on base early, but we couldn't capitalize."

Contact Angel Verdejo at or (254) 501-7564.

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