Soccer: Belton boys blank Killeen

KILLEEN — Belton had three players score goals, and its defense pitched a shutout as the Tigers rolled to a 3-0 victory over Killeen on Friday night.

Jose Guzman opened the scoring off an assist by Austin Hagan, and Cesar Cruz connected on a Guzman assist to make it 2-0 by halftime. Nick Amato’s goal off a pass by Cruz capped the scoring for Belton (12-6-1, 10-3 District 8-5A), which has the inside track for the league’s No. 2 playoff seed heading into Friday’s regular-season finale against Killeen Shoemaker.

“I think we’re peaking at a good time,” Tigers coach Tarcisio Mosnia said. “We played a good game tonight, so that’s a good sign.”

Soccer: Temple girls fall to Harker Heights

HARKER HEIGHTS — Temple dropped a 1-0 decision to Harker Heights in a District 8-5A contest Tuesday. The Tem-Cats (10-10, 8-5 8-5A) will conclude their regular season at Copperas Cove on Friday.

Soccer: Martinez hat trick leads Belton girls past Killeen

BELTON — Aubrey Martinez scored three goals as Belton rolled past Killeen 6-0 on Tuesday in a District 8-5A game at Tiger Field. Ashley Winkler and Jacey Love added a goal each for Belton (15-1-3, 12-1 8-5A). The other score for the Lady Tigers was an own goal by Killeen.

Belton will wrap up its regular season at Killeen Shoemaker on Friday.

Softball: Lady Tigers drill Shoemaker

KILLEEN — Once the Belton Lady Tigers stopped hitting the ball in the air, winning came easy.

The Lady Tigers scored 14 runs in the fifth inning to topple Killeen Shoemaker 17-1 Tuesday at Shoemaker.

“I told our girls before the game to keep the ball down because the wind was coming in strong,” Belton coach Matt Blackburn said. “In the first few innings they were swinging at the first strike they saw and hitting rockets that just died, and Shoemaker was just camping out under them.”

So Belton led just 3-1 after four innings, and Blackburn made sure the Lady Tigers (13-9, 6-0 District 8-5A) kept the ball down with a series of bunts. Five of the first seven batters laid down bunts, and Blackburn put on squeeze plays with the bases loaded three times.

“We wanted to make (Shoemaker) make plays,” Blackburn said. “When we kept the ball on the ground we were beating them out.”

In the circle, Sidney Holman improved to 12-8, striking out 10 batters, and allowing just one unearned run.

The Lady Tigers will host Heitt Midway on Friday.

Baseball: Crusaders fall to No. 1 Trinity

SAN ANTONIO — Mary Hardin-Baylor couldn’t hold a ninth-inning lead, falling to top-ranked Trinity 5-4 in 12 innings on Tuesday night.

Danny Horstman (1-1) took the loss for the Crusaders who return home to host a three-game series against Ozarks starting with a Friday doubleheader at Red Murff Field.

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