By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - The Lady Tigers are starting to feel that their home-field grass is cursed.
Belton was blanked 12-0 in five innings by Bryan on Tuesday in the District 12-5A opener for both teams.
"Obviously, you want to get your first district win and coming in off of four wins at the (Waco) Midway tournament, I felt confident in my lineup, confident in our bats," Belton coach Matt Blackburn said.
"But, it was one of those games. … Right now, it feels like our field is cursed for us when we're in front of our home crowd."
Belton (4-6, 0-1 12-5A) had just two hits and trailed the Lady Vikings 3-0 going into its half of the first inning.
The Lady Tigers get the rest of the week away from their 12-5A slate of games, but not a reprieve. Hosting its own tournament, Belton plays 5A No. 12 Round Rock at 3 p.m. and 4A No. 17 Elgin at 5 p.m. in back-to-back games on Thursday.
Gatesville 15, Killeen 2, 5 inn. - At Gatesville, after allowing two runs to Killeen in the top of the first inning, Sarah Ridling settled in and shut out the Lady Roos.
The Hornets' junior pitcher struck out three and allowed five hits.
Ashley Cook was 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead Gatesville (7-5). Riley Latham and Allison Aslin each went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Ellison 13, Copperas Cove 1, 5 inn. - At Killeen, the Lady Eagles pounded out 11 hits and capitalized on seven Cove miscues to run-rule the Lady Dawgs in five innings.
Ellison used triples by Felicia Carmago and Mickey Monge to win its District 12-5A opener. Carmago and Monge added two RBIs apiece.
Rogers 16, Florence 0, 3 inn. - At Rogers, the Lady Eagles plated 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning and struck out eight of nine Florence batters in the Lady Buffaloes' District 27-2A opener.
Florence (0-5, 0-1) committed three errors and was no-hit in the three-inning game.
Waco Reicher 6, Salado 0 - At Waco, the Lady Eagles committed eight errors and gave up all six runs in the first two innings for only their second loss of the season.
Freshman Kennedy Connell had three of Salado's (8-2) four total hits while starter Morgan Hill took the loss after pitching just two innings.
Lampasas 5, Robinson 3 - At Robinson, Alex Caruthers drove in three runs and the Lady Badgers held on to defeat the Lady Rockets.
Tealey Farquhar added three hits for Lampasas (9-2). Kady Crow pitched all five innings for the Lady Badgers and struck out five.
Clifton 7, Salado 3 - At Clifton, Salado scored one run in the first, fifth and sixth innings, but couldn't scrape together enough offense to keep up with Clifton, which took a 2-1 lead after the third and never relented.
Junior Marshall Mann, the lone returning starter from last season, had a triple while Drew Van Winkle (2-0) took the loss as the Eagles dropped to 3-4 on the year.
Ellison 2, Waco 1 - At Ellison, the Eagles notched their first victory of the season, plating all the offense they needed in a two-run first inning.
After Ellison's (1-5) first two hitters reached on errors, Gilbert Flores scored Felix Marbury on a sacrifice bunt and junior Tyler Bark knocked in Landon Persick with a sacrifice fly.
Gatesville 10, Copperas Cove 6 -At Copperas Cove, Micah Thompson led off the game with home run for the Hornets and Tyler English had a two-run double to open up the game as Gatesville (6-0) stayed undefeated on the young season.
Colton Williams picked up the win for the Hornets.
Harker Heights 2, Shoemaker 0 - At Harker Heights, Bria Howard struck 12 minutes into the game and Christine Hennings put the finishing touches as the Lady Knights notched a season sweep of rival Shoemaker.
Howard put in the first goal on a free kick from Katie Ruiz that bounced around the goalie box while Hennings sealed Heights' (6-7-2, 2-5-1) second District 12-5A victory in the final 10 minutes.
Robinson 3, Salado 0 - At Salado, the Lady Eagles (3-16-1) allowed two goals in the first 10 minutes and couldn't recover, dropping to 1-5 in District 34-4A.
Ellison 2, Bryan 1 - At Bryan, Alyssa Conde had her second straight two-goal game and the Lady Eagles (2-4-2, 6-8-4) leap-frogged over the Lady Vikings for fifth place in the 12-5A standings.
Conde broke a 1-1 tie with 1:39 left in the match, one-timing a pass from Brooke Guerrero into the far-side netting. Conde opened the scoring in the 16th minute.
Gatesville 2, Killeen 0 -At Killeen, the Hornets scored two first-half goals and held on as the Lady Roos couldn't convert on 20 second-half shots.
Waco Midway 3, Lampasas 0 - At Lampasas, the Lady Badgers lost their second straight District 34-4A game.
Lampasas (13-4-1, 4-2 34-4A) lost to Midway 10-0 in its first meeting last year and 15-0 in the last meeting but sits just two games back of the Pantherettes in third place at the halfway point of the 34-4A season.
Belton 9, Copperas Cove 1 - At Belton, Luke Villamaria had three goals and four assists and Alvaro Martinez added three goals in a blowout win over the Bulldawgs.
Timothy Williams added two goals for Belton.
Killeen 2, Gatesville 1 - At Gatesville, Marvin Henderson and Dominic Dunga each scored to give the Roos' their fourth win in five games and solidify their hold on fourth place in the District 34-4A standings midway through the season.
Salado 2, Robinson 1 - At Salado, Daniel Lemus scored both goals and the Eagles maintained their hold on second place in District 34-4A.
Lemus struck first with a long unassisted goal 30 minutes into the game and then followed with a penalty kick goal midway through the second half. Robinson scored its lone goal on a free kick with 10 minutes to play.
Bryan 2, Ellison 0 - At Ellison, the Vikings scored with eight minutes left in the first half and then added an insurance goal with 10½ minutes left to snap the Eagles' two-game winning streak.