COPPERAS COVE— The Shoemaker Grey Wolves haven’t won a game on the field in 18 days and have lost their first two District 8-5A contests, but head coach Harry Zambrana knows now is not the time to lose composure.
Especially when the team wasn’t that far from turning those losses to wins.
“I’m not going to panic until we don’t beat ourselves,” Zambrana said. “That’s when I’ll start panicking, when people start to beat us.”
The Grey Wolves have lost nine of their last 10 games, with their lone win coming after Austin Eastside Memorial forfeited a game at the Austin Baseball Tournament.
Shoemaker (6-9, 0-2) did have some bright spots despite Friday’s 6-5 loss to Copperas Cove (9-3-1, 2-0) on a walk-off hit by Cove’s Michael Hays.
The Grey Wolves got off to an early lead on a solo homer by Jose Casillas, had Broderick Reed score on an error and had a three-run top of the fourth, but the little things cost them the game.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the sixth, the Grey Wolves appeared to get themselves out of the inning when Cove pinch-hitter Michael Sizemore grounded into what appeared to be the final out, but a costly error allowed Cove to plate two runs and cut Shoemaker’s lead to 5-4.
A throwing error brought home Ryan Dorroh to tie the game at five runs apiece.
“We made some mistakes that we practice (avoiding) every day,” Zambrana said.
Some of the fundamental plays may have hurt Shoemaker in the bottom of the sixth, but Shoemaker took advantage of many of those same miscues to increase its lead over Cove.
The Dawgs committed a total of four errors in the second through fourth innings that led to three of Shoemaker’s runs.
Reed doubled Shoemaker’s lead to 2-0 after taking third and scoring on a Cove infield error in the top of the second. He scored Shoemaker’s third run of the game on a passed ball in the fourth inning.
Miles Connor capped the scoring in the inning by coming home off an error.
Zambrana said despite the loss, he was impressed by the play of both Reed and catcher Raven Sauceda. Reed went 2 for 2 with two runs scored while Sauceda was 1 for 4 with a double and sacrifice fly.Sauceda also had a pair of hits in a 5-4 loss to Temple earlier in the week.
The Grey Wolves look for their first district win of the season Tuesday at home against Killeen (3-10-2, 0-2).