By Evan Mohl
Killeen Daily Herald
Mental mistakes doomed the Lady Eagles. It cost them a chance to beat a perennial District 12-5A power.
Ellison committed four errors and allowed runners to take five extra bases in a 14-0 loss to Bryan in five innings on Thursday afternoon.
"This was all mental," said a disappointed Ellison coach Carrie Erskine. "We had too many mistakes. We just weren't playing to our potential."
The Lady Eagles (7-12, 2-1 District 12-5A) couldn't time Lady Vikings' (8-13, 2-1) pitcher Jennifer Kasper, either. The junior allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out 13 of the 18 hitters she faced.
At one point she struck out seven straight Ellison batters. preventing the Lady Eagles from breaking out of their mental rut.
"We're capable of hitting a pitcher like that," Erskine said. "We've faced teams and players just as good as Bryan."
The only two Lady Eagle hits came from Halley Ingram and Amanda Cruddas. Other than that, however, there weren't many bright spots.
Bryan jumped on Ellison right away with four runs in the first. The Lady Vikings took advantage of two infield hits and a runner reaching base via a wild pitch on a strikeout.
Kasper knocked in two runs with a single and Ashley Lava hit an RBI double.
"We thrive on being aggressive," Bryan coach Enrique Luna said. "We took advantage of some mistakes and we were able to do some damage."
Bryan added a run in the second when Brooke Parker reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch. It was that type of day for the Lady Eagles.
Kasper knocked in another run in the third while Lava drove in two in the fourth and two again in the fifth for five RBIs on the day.
Alyssa Castro took the loss for Ellison.
The Lady Eagles will have to bounce back fast as they host on cross-town rival Shoemaker today at 7 p.m. The Lady Grey Wolves expect to be in the playoff competition with Ellison and currently tied in the standings.
"For us, it's just another game," Erskine said. "We don't treat any game differently. Every district game is important. We just need to step it up."
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