By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
After opening district play with a 13-1 loss to Ellison on Tuesday, Copperas Cove coach Jim Lowery knew his team needed something to build on.
The Lady Dawgs got a little bit of that foundation at the Lady Duck Invitational in Taylor this weekend. Copperas Cove (12-5) took second place at the tournament after falling to 3A No. 7 Robinson 9-3 in the tournament championship Saturday.
"We played pretty well, but Robinson was pretty good," Lowery said "I was pleased with how we played for the whole tournament. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going when we play Shoemaker on Monday."
Ashley Hartwell had a two-RBI triple and Carlee Duran had the Lady Dawgs' other RBI in the loss. Hartwell and Katelynn Stephens made the all-tournament team for Copperas Cove, which defeated Thrall 12-3 to make the title game.
Eight of nine starters had hits for the Lady Dawgs and six had two hits in the blowout win, with Brianna Sinclair leading the way. She was 2-for-3 and had five RBIs, including a bases-loaded triple and a two-run single.
Gatesville wins Bronze - At Taylor, the Hornets won the Bronze bracket picking up three wins.
The Hornets opened the day with a 13-7 win over Canyon Creek in three innings as Ashley Cook went 3-for-3 with three runs and three stolen bases. Lauren Nichols also went 3-for-3 and Megan and Paige Chambers each scored two runs for Gatesville (11-5).
Cook again went 3-for-3 in a 16-5 win over Caldwell. Paige Chambers, Blayne McGhee and Kendra Powell all were 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Kelsie Smalley added a two-run triple and Riley Latham had a three-run, inside-the-park home run for the Hornets.
Gatesville finished the day with an 8-4 win over Waco as Cook, Nichols and Megan Chambers all went 2-for-3 and scored five of the Hornets' eight runs. McGhee had an RBI triple and Jaycee Summers was 2-for-2 with a run in the win.
Ellison 6, Lexington 2, 4 inn. - At Taylor, Alyssa Castro pitched a two-hit shutout over four innings against Lexington as Ellison finished play at the Lady Duck Invitational.
Both Ashla Howell and Felicia Camargo went 2-for-3 and picked up a pair of RBIs.
Killeen 8, Thorndale 7 - At Taylor, Britnee Polk scored the winning run in the fourth inning for the Lady Roos, who had taken a 7-0 lead only to see it disappear in the third when the Lady Bulldogs scored seven runs and tied the game.
Leslie James, Shalanda Hyde and Leah Jones were all 2-for-3 at the plate for Killeen and Amy Vickers, Ale Neloms and Layna Musser added hits. Vickers had two RBIs and James and Miranda Coronado added RBIs. Skylar Stewart got the win for the Lady Roos, giving up only three hits.
Salado takes third - At Waco, the Lady Eagles defeated Holland 6-3 behind a strong performance on the mound from Jenna Franz and Isabel Berumen's hitting to capture third place at the Waco Reicher tournament.
Berumen went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in the win. Salado lost to Bruceville-Eddy 12-2 in the semifinals. Josie Norman had the only RBI for the Lady Eagles in the loss. Salado opened the day with an 18-2 win over Savio St. Dominic in three innings. Lorna Payne was 4-for-4 with five RBIs on a pair of singles and a pair of doubles in the win.
Austin Westlake 7, Belton 1 - At Round Rock, the Tigers managed only two hits and fell to 3-7.
Westlake led all the way after scoring three in the bottom of the first. Belton scored its lone run in the fourth when Max Hogan was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored from third on a grounder by Blayten Magana. That cut the Westlake lead to 4-1, but the Chaparrals answered with three in the bottom of the frame.
Gatesville 10, Navasota 2 - At Rogers, Micah Thompson was 4-for-5 with a double and Tyler English was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run double as Gatesville finished out a the Rogers tournament with a win.
Allan Watson had a bases-loaded single to score two runs for the Hornets (8-2) and Seth Martin was 3-for-4 and scored two runs and had an RBI.
Cullen Mayhew picked up the win for Gatesville, pitching five innings, striking out three and giving up one earned run.
Florence 12, Harper 6 - At Johnson City, Evilo Varela, Trey Simpson, Dustyn Espinoza and Ben Futrell all made the all-tournament team as the Buffaloes won the Johnson City tournament.
Mark W. Miller contributed to this report.