GHS freshman pitcher dominant in key wins


Living up to her name, Granbury Lady Pirate softball pitcher Kristen was, well, right on the money this past weekend.

Money, a freshman, was nothing short of dominant as the Lady Pirates defeated visiting Arlington Heights 11-0 at home Friday and won 16-0 at O.D. Wyatt Saturday.

In the win over Heights, Money pitched a one-hitter. The game was called after five innings because of the University Interscholastic League’s mercy rule that states if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after innings, the game is over.

Saturday, Money hurled a no-hitter, albeit in an even more abbreviated contest. The UIL also has a softball rule that if a team is ahead by 15 or more runs after three innings, the game is complete.

In all, Money pitched eight innings and 16 of the 24 outs were strikeouts – 11 against Heights and five against Wyatt. She walked three.

“She has grown so much since the beginning of the season and just keeps getting stronger and stronger,” said Lady Pirate coach Mallory Smith.

“She did a fantastic job in both games. She is finally starting to come into her own out there on the mound, and we can’t wait to see what she brings for the rest of the season.”

Money also contributed at the plate in both games, walking four times and driving in a run.

The two wins improved the Lady Pirates (13-5 overall) to 8-2 in District 7-4A. They are close to wrapping up a postseason berth, and remain very much in contention for one of the district’s top two spots.

The Lady Pirates were playing at Trimble Tech last night. If, as expected, they won that game and Aledo won at South Hills, The Lady Pirates and South Hills would enter Friday’s matchup in Granbury tied for second place in district.

The Lady Scorpions surprised the Lady Pirates in the first round of district, winning 2-1 in Fort Worth despite being outhit by Granbury 6-1.

In defeating Wyatt, Granbury had just three hits but took advantage of wild pitching by the Lady Chaparrals.

Lady Pirate batters received 11 walks, including three to Maci Samuelson.

The two wins wrapped up a hectic week in which players underwent mandatory state tests in the classroom, had the game with Heights postponed twice, and had a game at Brock canceled.

“I am glad the girls were able to stay focused in the midst of everything,” said Smith. “We are just finding our groove for the second half of district.”

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Arl. Heights 000 00 – 001

Granbury 551 0x – 11 6 3

Granbury pitching – Kristen Money 5 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 11 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Alyssia Allen 2-2, triple, walk, RBI; Maci Samuelson 1-2, 2 walks, RBI, stolen base; Ashley Edes 1-3, stolen base; Whitley Tipton 1-3, RBI; Livia Zamora 1-3, triple, RBI; Rayla Helci walk, RBI, stolen base; Money 2 walks, RBI.

Granbury 376 – 16 3 0

O.D. Wyatt 000 – 0 0 8

Granbury pitching – Money 3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Edes 2-2, triple, walk, 3 RBIs; Tipton 1-2, walk, 2 RBIs, 2 stolen bases; Samuelson 3 walks; Money 2 walks; Lacy Coleman 2 walks;; Allen walk; Zamora walk.

Granbury record – 13-5, 8-2 in District 7-4A.