By Nick Talbot
Killeen Daily Herald
The night started with a solemn salute to fallen brothers, but Harker Heights ended it celebrating a win.
The Knights toughed out a 6-3 victory over Shoemaker after a pre-game ceremony was held Tuesday to retire the No. 7 jersey of former player Jack Noyes and the No. 1 for Marc Dudley.
Noyes suffered an injury to his vertebrae sliding into third base in 2003 and died six months later
Dudley, who served as president of the Heights booster club and continued to contribute to the program after his term, died in June 2011 after a battle with brain cancer.
The Dudley family and the Noyes family both threw out the first pitch of the game after a plaque was placed on the outfield wall at the Harker Heights baseball field.
Damien May went 3-for 3 at the plate, scored a run and drove in another to help Harker Heights to the victory.
J.T. Gilmore picked up the win for the Knights, pitching 5 2/3 innings and striking out five.
Harker Heights took a 2-1 lead after a single by Emery Atkisson in the first and scored two runs in the second after a groundout scored Robby Sluss and Stefan Flores singled and scored Miles Munroe.
Raven Sauceda had an RBI double for Shoemaker and scored the game's first run off an RBI groundout by John Gueits.
Bryan 8, Ellison 0 - At Bryan, the Eagles' offense continued its struggles while its defense didn't do it any favors with six errors, twice as many as hits.
Gatesville 14, Hillsboro 3 - At Hillsboro, Payne Sullins had two hits and drove in three runs as the Hornets scored seven runs in the third inning and coasted to a win over the Eagles.
Hunter Dean struck out nine and picked up the win for Gatesville (12-2).
Gatesville 6, Waco 2 - At Waco, Cullen Mayhew hit a home run, a double and drove in two runs as the Hornets defeated the Lions.
Gatesville had a two-run first inning and added three more in the seventh for insurance. Tyler English added three hits for the Hornets.
Ellison 19, Shoemaker 9, 6 inn. - At Ellison, Felicia Camargo finished 2-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs and Ashla Howell was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and also drove in three runs as the Lady Eagles run-ruled the Lady Grey Wolves in six innings.
Mickey Monge added three hits for Ellison.
Shoemaker was led by Mona Wickersham at the plate. The junior catcher was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs. Helena Carter also had two hits for the Lady Grey Wolves, scored a run and had an RBI.
Temple 4, Ellison 0 - At Ellison, Lexi Smith struck out eight and only gave up four hits as she pitched a shutout against the Lady Eagles to give the Tem-Cats their second win of the day.
Kaegan Jimenez had two hits and two RBIs for Temple (13-7-1, 3-0 12-5A).
Temple 5, Cove 1 - At Copperas Cove, Sarah Truelove and Taylor Valentin both hit home runs as the Tem-Cats defeated the Lady Bulldawgs to lead off a district doubleheader.
Carlee Duran and Ashley Hartwell both doubled in the sixth inning to plate Copperas Cove's only run.
China Spring 9, Gatesville 0 - At Gatesville, the Hornets made four errors in the second inning and the Lady Cougars scored six runs to put away the game early.
Lead-off hitter Megan Chambers was 3-for-3 with two stolen bases, but Gatesville (12-6) left her on base all three times and stranded six total runners.
Bryan 12, Harker Heights 0, 5 inn. - At Bryan, Brittney Jones smacked two doubles and drove in three runs as the Lady Vikings shut out and run-ruled the Lady Knights. Regan McIlvenna picked up the only hit for Harker Heights (4-8).
Lampasas 5, Stephenville 1 - At Lampasas, Kady Crow had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs as the Lady Badgers defeated the Honeybees.
Crow pitched a complete game for Lampasas (13-6) and struck out six. Tealey Farquhar had a pair of hits for the Lady Badgers and Hadley Brown drove in a run.
Killeen 5, Lampasas 3 - At Lampasas, Marvin Henderson scored two goals and Dominique Dunga had a goal and two assists as the Roos defeated the Badgers.
Killeen improved to 9-12-2 overall and 7-2 in District 34-4A with the win.