The Lady Grey Wolves were close when they needed to be and opportunistic enough to win. Despite seven errors and just two hits between the second and sixth innings, the Lady Grey Wolves trailed just 3-2 to Copperas Cove going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Katie Quinn’s RBI double tied the game and then the senior catcher scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch to give the Lady Grey Wolves a 4-3 win over Cove and a 2-0 start to its District 12-5A schedule.

“I think the main thing that’s working for us is they’re just not giving up,” Shoemaker coach Stacey Halim said. “Cove, they came in sprurts and their spurts were big, it’s very easy to get mentally down like that ... the main thing with this team, as long as we stay mentally in it, the physical stuff will take care of itself.”

While Shoemaker (6-13, 2-0) was trying to stay composed through its mid-game struggles, the Lady Bulldawgs were just trying to hit the ball.

Copperas Cove (9-8, 1-1) left 14 base-runners stranded, including nine in scoring position, and twice left the bases loaded.

“We’ve got to get the ball in play,” Cove coach Jim Lowery said. “If we hit the ball somewhere, you can’t strike out with the bases loaded or runners at second and third, you’ve got to make them make a play and we didn’t do that.”

After giving up two runs and three hits in the first inning, Cove pitcher Kate Stephens all but shut down the Lady Grey Wolves until the seventh. She struck out two consecutive batters to get out of the first and allowed just two hits in the next five innings — striking out five more — to buy the Lady Dawgs time for their rally.

Megan Martel’s RBI walk in the top of the fifth plated Courtney Kinzi for Copperas Cove’s first run and then the Lady Dawgs added two more in the sixth when Ashley Hartwell and Tiara Starns both scored on a passed ball. Starns reached on a lead-off single and Hartwell reached on an error.

“The problem is, you’ve got to play all seven,” Lowery said. “One thing about it, as young as we are, we knew coming in that we’re going to make some mistakes, we’ve just got to make sure those mistakes we make, we learn from. I’m not down on them. I know it wasn’t do to lack of effort.”

In the seventh, though, Stephens gave up back-to-back hits — a lead-off single by Brianna Davis and Quinn’s double — and walked Chanelle Milam before throwing the wild 1-2 pitch to Jordan Hulin.

“I told them before this game started, I said, ‘ya’ll, this is going to be another one-run ballgame. I promise you, it’s going to come down to an error here, a hit here, no matter what happens, we have to stay focussed offensively and defensively until the very end,’” Halim said. “And luckily, they did.”

Jocelyn Pizarro’s two-RBI single plated Quinn and Milam and gave Shoemaker a 2-0 lead after the first. The Lady Grey Wolves, though, didn’t get another hit off of Stephens until Rikki Arkansas’ double in the fourth and didn’t have a third-base presence until Quinn reached on her double in the bottom of the seventh after a center field error setting up the go-ahead run.

Contact Kevin Posival at or (254) 501-7562.

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