The Granbury Lady Pirates struggled offensively at Aledo Tuesday night, losing 6-0, but softball coach Chad Kimberling was very pleased with what he saw from his defense.
It was the closest anyone had played the Ladycats in District 7-4A this season as they have dominated the league on their way to a 13-0 record. The previous closest score was their 9-0 win in Granbury earlier in the season.
The Lady Pirates (14-14, 10-3 in 7-4A) are the only team in district the Ladycats have not mercy-ruled this season.
Tuesday’s game was tied 0-0 through the top of the fourth inning. Then, the Ladycats scored twice in the bottom of the fourth.
That was more than enough for Aledo pitcher Lauren Craine, who came within one batter of pitching a perfect game. Destini Lopez got the lone single.
“Obviously, I wish we would have hit the ball better, but when a pitcher like that is on, that’s a very hard thing to do,” said Kimberling.
“We hung in there, especially on defense, and we were in position to do something good if we could have hit the ball.”
The Lady Pirates were hosting Western Hills (11-2 in district) last night. A Granbury win would force a one-game playoff today at 1 p.m. in Aledo to determine the No. 2 seed from the district for the postseason. Western Hills won 4-1 in Fort Worth when the teams met in the first round of district.
Granbury 000 000 0 – 0 1 1
Aledo 000 240 x – 6 10 0
Granbury pitching – Destini Lopez (12-10) 6 innings, 10 hits, 6 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts.
Aledo pitching – Lauren Craine 7 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 11 strikeouts.
Granbury hitting – Lopez 1-2.
Records – Granbury 14-14, 10-3 in 7-4A; Aledo 29-3, 13-0.