WACO — The District 7-5A champion Mansfield Timberview Lady Wolves softball team earned a series sweep over Copperas Cove on Saturday in Waco.
But the Lady Dawgs sure didn’t make things easy for them. Not in Saturday’s Game 2.
Timberview had won 13-2 on Friday night in Game 1 of the bi-district best-of-three series.
“It would have been very easy for Copperas Cove to just come out here today and play lazy and just go through the motions after we beat them by the wide margin on Friday,” said Timberview head coach Donya Mooney.
“But that’s not what they did. They worked hard, they were so spirited, they played with energy. They gave us a great game.”
Cove led 4-2 after four innings and 6-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Then home-team Timberview parlayed four singles into three runs and tied the score 6-6. Neither team scored in the seventh and this contest went into an extra frame.
Cove failed to score in its half of the eighth; Timberview did, and walked off the field 7-6 victors.
“On Friday, we had let up, we knew we didn’t play well,” said Cove pitcher Carlee Duran, a junior. “But we had a meeting and we were determined to come out here today and show everyone that we are a good team, and we can play a great game. We weren’t intimidated today. I know we can beat this team. The whole game, everyone on our team kept working their butts off.”
Duran got Cove’s offense started with a triple in the top of the second.
Destiny Henderson drove Duran home with a single and the score was tied 1-1. Soon after, Elliana Doubleday hit a two-RBI single and Cove led 3-1 after two innings.
In the top of the third, Cove shortstop Irene Espinoza hit a shot that the ballpark could not hold. Espinoza’s blast easily carried over the 200-foot sign in right-center.
“All I wanted to do was make good contact,” Espinoza said. “But I was thrilled when I saw it hit the trees over the wall.”
With Duran effective in the circle, mixing in some nasty changeups with her fastball, Cove maintained a lead heading into the sixth frame.
Up 4-3, with two outs in the top of the sixth, Cove left fielder Tayler Hammack smacked a two-RBI single, and the Lady Dawgs led 6-3.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Wolves finally managed to string some base hits together and tallied three times.
“I’m very proud of the way we competed today,” said Cove head coach Bryan Waller. “Our girls decided that they were here to win and they played as hard as they could from start until the finish. We were playing an excellent team and I think we earned some respect today with the way we competed with them.”
Duran ended the contest 3 for 4 and teammates Autumn Hughes and Veronica Marshall each had a base hit.
“We gave it everything we had today,” Henderson said. “Nobody on our team gave up. We just kept playing and fighting. It’s sad to see our season end today. But I’m sure proud of the way we played.”