Ellison head softball coach Rebecca Daley isn’t concerned with whether or not her team can compete in District 8-5A.
After seeing her team erase a five-run deficit against Harker Heights, and a seven-run deficit against Copperas Cove on Tuesday, Daley knows the answer to that question is yes.
For Daley, it is a matter of getting the Lady Eagles (9-10, 1-4 8-5A) to play that way all the time.
Against Cove, which led 10-3 midway through the third inning, Daley issued her team a challenge.
“I said it’s time to turn it up,” Daley said after the game. “I don’t know what you’re waiting for, but turn it on. You need to light the fire in your bellies. And you’ve got to want this.
“This is an opportunity that you have today, and you have to take it.”
Ellison responded to that challenge, tying the score at 10 by the end of the fourth inning against Cove.
But unlike against Heights, the rally fell short as Cove used a four-run sixth to take the road victory.
Yet Ellison showed the pop in its bats by chewing away the early deficit.
Cove coach Bryan Waller said he wasn’t surprised at the Lady Eagles’ ability to hit the ball.
Daley, however, acknowledged that for the offense to be truly effective, Ellison is going to have to clean up its defense after Cove scored on two errors early in the game.
“It’s hard when we have so many unforced errors and give them more opportunities. We have to do twice the work to come back,” Daley said. “So that’s difficult, something we’re working on and rectifying to make sure we’re solid defensively the whole game so ... our offense can work it’s magic.”
A bright spot for the Ellison defense, however, was the pitching of senior Felicia Camargo, who entered in the second inning and allowed just two runs until Cove scored four in the decisive sixth inning.
“Felicia is the rock of my team,” Daley said. “With her and Kennedy (Connell) back there — Kennedy’s my catcher, who’s just immaculate — I have 100 percent faith that they’re going to do their jobs and they’re going to do them well and control the field.”