HEWITT — In what can only be described as a disastrous first inning, the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs gave up seven runs to the Midway Panthers on Tuesday in a 7-0 loss on the opening night of District 8-6A play.
It was Cove’s first loss after a 14-0-2 start.
Cove starting pitcher Cameron Johnson hit the first batter of the game and followed it up with a walk. The Panthers attempted to bunt and move the runners, but Johnson was able to snag the ball before it hit the ground.
From that point, Midway hit back-to-back doubles that drove in four runs.
The next two batters for Midway each got singles and those sent runners home as well.
Cove finally got out of the first inning on a grounder and it was up to coach Dusty Brittain to calm his team down.
“I think a big part of the inning was nerves,” explained Britain “we’ve been in some close ball games, but none with this much meaning and pressure.”
The Bulldawgs were able to adapt to the pressure, and after getting one out in the second inning, Cove got a boost of confidence as the Bulldawgs threw a runner out at home for the second out of the inning.
The Cove bats never woke up, though, and they didn’t get a hit until the top of the third inning, when Michael Goudeau got a single.
“It’s all about our approach at the plate,” Brittain said. “Our approach to our at-bats was not very good. We’re going to have to go back and fix that before Friday, because we didn’t look good early in the counts and we didn’t look good with two strikes.”
The Bulldawgs were unable to produce any offense during the game and only managed two total hits, including a double by Nick Izquierdo.
The Bulldawgs will be seeking redemption Friday when they host Midway.
“I like how the schedule is set up,” Brittain said “I want to see those guys again; I don’t want to let this one fester.”
Tuesday's District 8-6A scores
- Belton 6, Harker Heights 3
- Ellison 1, Shoemaker 0
- San Angelo Central 7, Killeen 0
- Waco Midway 7, Copperas Cove 0