Copperas Cove left fielder Taylor Hammack (6) slides safely into third base during a game against in 2013. The Lady Dawgs outfielder was selected to the All-District 8-5A first team in 2013.

Despite returning seven lettermen, Copperas Cove will sport another new look this season. 

The Lady Bulldawgs have a new head coach for the third consecutive year as Bryan Waller inherits the program following a successful 2013 campaign.

Copperas Cove ended a five-year postseason absence during former head coach Shelly Hayes’ lone season at the helm, finishing fourth in District 8-5A last year before falling to Mansfield Timberview in the opening round of the playoffs.

With a wealth of talent returning,

including all-district first-team selection Taylor Hammack (LF), second-teamers Elliana Doubleday (CF), Irene Espinoza (SS) and Carlee Duran (P), and honorable mention Destiny Henderson (3B), Waller is in a good to position to build on the Lady Bulldawgs’ recent success.

The 37-year-old coach brings plenty of experience, sporting a 243-148 career record, going 62-40 and reaching the playoffs in each of his three seasons with San Antonio East Central, where he coached prior to arriving at Copperas Cove. Waller also served as head coach at Pettus, Gorman, McGregor, Pottsboro and Early.

The Lady Bulldawgs went 18-17 last season despite sporting a relatively young roster complemented by a quartet of seniors. Nevertheless, Copperas Cove made an unexpected run into the postseason, but was outclassed by the No. 20 team in the state as the Lady Wolves swept the best-of-three bi-district series.

Copperas Cove opened its 2014 season over the weekend, going 3-3 at the South Texas Kickoff Tournament in Seguin, where Duran had a strong showing inside the circle, producing a 3-1 record while allowing a combined four runs during two victories Saturday.

The Lady Bulldawgs return to the diamond Thursday at the Georgetown East View tournament and open district play next Tuesday at Killeen.

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