The Lady Knights softball team rebounded from three consecutive losses to start District 8-6A play by collecting a pair of victories this week.
With spring break altering the normal schedule, Harker Heights played on consecutive days, opening the week with a 19-12 win at Ellison before defeating visiting Copperas Cove 4-2 on Tuesday.
Against the Lady Eagles, the Lady Knights fell into a 6-1 hole before exploding for a combined 13 runs during the fourth and fifth innings. Ellison trimmed the deficit to 14-12 entering the seventh inning, but Harker Heights scored five runs to secure the outcome.
Lindsey Ratcliffe, Sophie Young and Madelyn Garrison each delivered a pair of hits for the Lady Knights, and Young also led the team in RBIs with five.
The following afternoon, Harker Heights returned home, where Ja’lynn Swiney led the Lady Knights offensively, going 4 for 4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases. The third baseman also hit a solo home run in the fifth inning after the Lady Bulldawgs pulled within a run, 2-1.
Harker Heights resumes its district schedule Tuesday, traveling to Shoemaker.
The Knights lost in their district opener Tuesday, falling to Belton 6-3.
Playing at home, the Tigers recorded a pair of runs in the first inning, but Harker Heights tied the score in the top of the second inning.
Belton responded with a run in the bottom of the inning, and the 3-2 advantage held until the fifth inning, when the Knights tied the score once again.
But the deadlock did not last long.
The Tigers used a three-run fifth inning to propel them to victory.
Chan Rinehart had a hit and two RBIs for Harker Heights in the loss.
The Knights and Tigers conclude their series tonight at Harker Heights with the start scheduled for 7 p.m. Next week, the Knights play Waco Midway, hosting the Panthers in Tuesday’s opener.
TRACK & FIELD
The Knights finished second and the Lady Knights were fourth at last week’s Killeen ISD Relays.
Competing at Leo Buckley Stadium, the Knights accumulated 82 points to narrowly claim silver over Belton (79). Ellison easily won the meet with 163.5 points.
A.J. Pemberton captured a gold medal for Harker Heights by winning the 100-meter dash in 10.73 seconds, while teammates Caleb Brandon (49.62) and Jalen Flowers (50.78) were second and third, respectively, in the 400. In the 300 hurdles, Gerard Bryant placed third with a time of 40.18, and the Knights were third in the 400 relay (42.21) and 1,600 relay (3:24.14).
The Lady Knights finished with 79 points, placing behind champion Belton (111.5), Shoemaker (105) and Ellison (86.5).
Led by a pair of silver-medal relay teams, Harker Heights was impressive on the track.
The Lady Knights posted a time of 48.93 in the 400 relay and finished the 800 relay in 1:45.61. Additionally, Allison Sistrunk won the 200 (26.34), Kianah Mayfield was second in the 100 (12.53) and Angelica Brown was third in the 400 (58.79).
In the field events, Jada Dye’s leap of 16 feet, 0.25 inches was good for bronze in the long jump.
Harker Heights returns to action next week, competing in the Lakeview Centennial Patriot Relays on March 23.