Carlee Duran continually strives for perfection.

In fact, she is so determined to excel in softball, throwing a no-hitter against Killeen last week was not enough to completely satisfy the Copperas Cove sophomore.

“I really wanted to pitch a perfect game,” Duran said, “but I got the no-hitter instead.”

Duran’s minor disappointment stems from being within two outs of her ongoing quest for on-field excellence as a pair of Lady Roos ruined her perfect game, reaching base on an error and after being hit by a pitch.

Although she did not accomplish everything she wanted, the no-hitter capped an impressive week for the infielder.

A few nights earlier, Duran struck out five batters while throwing for a complete-game victory against Harker Heights. She also displayed her hitting ability in the win, producing two doubles and two RBIs. In addition to helping her team to a pair of run-rule victories, Duran’s performances earned her enough votes to be named the Player of the Week.

“I was a good (week),” Duran said. “I was happy that I was doing good. I was just focused, I guess.

“I practice a lot, and I was just (in the zone).”

Copperas Cove head coach Shelly Hayes admits she was not surprised by the underclassman’s impressive showings.

“We’ve been working on the mental game with the players, and she caught on,” the coach said. “She’s getting the mental game down pretty well.

“Carlee plays above her level. She doesn’t play like a sophomore. She has the experience of playing select ball. She can get through situations because she plays year round, and that helps her out quite a bit.”

Duran received 1,498 votes to claim the weekly honor.

“I was happy to have their support,” Duran said of the people who contributed to her total.

Duran received 46 percent of the 3,276 votes cast to beat Shoemaker pitcher Roberto Delgado, who finished with 38 percent of the total vote. The Grey Wolves junior received 1,229 votes after throwing a four-hit shutout against Ellison, striking out 11 en route to a 3-0 victory.

Lampasas forward Maria Salinas, who finished with 548 votes in the poll, scored the final six goals of the Lady Badgers’ 7-0 bi-district playoff victory against Waco before adding the opening goal in a 3-1 win against Bryan Rudder in the area round.

Belton senior forward Timothy Williams rounded out the nominees after scoring all three goals for the Tigers in a playoff victory against Cedar Hill.

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