By Nick Talbot
Harker Heights Herald
Mickey Monge was looking for an inside pitch to hit and Eryn Morrison was looking outside.
They were both right.
Monge and Morrison both hit doubles as Ellison rallied for three runs in the sixth inning Tuesday and defeated visiting Harker Heights 7-6.
With the win the Lady Eagles (9-11, 5-6 12-5A) also kept their playoff hopes alive, staying a game behind Belton for fourth place in the district.
"It was huge. It is down to these last few games," said Ellison coach Rebecca Daly. "We have to win all of our last three games and (Copperas) Cove and Belton need to lose.
"It is all down to calculations, because the three of us are vying for that spot."
Monge added: "Playoffs were our motivation (to come back and win)."
Ellison jumped on Heights (5-15, 2-9) early, scoring four runs in the second inning. Alyssa Castro laced a double to deep center to get things started and Morrison and Ashlie Scagliusi hit-back-to-back RBI singles to put the Lady Eagles up 2-0. Shortstop Dusti Douglas added to the cushion with a two-run double to push the lead to 4-0.
It was short-lived as Heights scored four runs in the third off four Ellison errors.
Brianna Smith and Ashlyn Osborne, who was 3-for-3 with a run and two RBIs, both singled to start the Lady Knights rally and three Ellison errors allowed the first two Heights runners (Smith and Ashley Haden) to score.
Then, Regan McIllvenna launched a shot to deep center to put runners on second and third with no outs and Courtney Luedecking and Deanna Turck then had back-to back RBI groundouts to tie the game.
"We all got down," Monge said. "One person gets down and we all get down."
The Lady Knights took the lead in the fourth after Smith singled, went to second on another error and later scored on an RBI single by Osborne.
Turck doubled and scored on a passed ball in the fifth as Heights went up 6-4.
"Our kids played hard tonight and left it all out on the field. This is the best game my kids have played all season," said Harker Heights softball coach Jaime Stephens. "We came out and were hitting the ball. Luck just didn't fall our way tonight."
Ellison, though, rallied in the sixth.
"We just have to keep our heads up and not let silly things get us down because anything is possible," Morrison said.
Second baseman Bryanna Sanchez was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored after a passed ball and a wild pitch. After Morrison doubled - and nearly got picked off twice - and Scagliusi singled, Monge gave Ellison the one-run lead with a double down the left-field line.
"I was thinking I was going to hit it to center (field)," Monge said. "But it worked out well - very well."