Things in sports are not always what they seem.
For example, the Granbury Lady Pirates’ 9-0 home loss to Aledo last week was not as one-sided as the score would indicate, said coach Chad Kimberling.
Then, he notes that Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at Western Hills wasn’t as close as the score represents.
“Just like 9-0 didn’t tell the story, 4-1 tonight did. We just didn’t hit the ball,” said Kimberling.
That is partly true. The Lady Pirates were making contact – in fact, only one Granbury player struck out in the game – but they were hitting it right at opposing fielders.
Granbury actually outhit Western Hills 7-6, with seven Lady Pirates getting a hit. Western Hills, however, turned their hits into runs.
The loss dropped the Lady Pirates (9-12 overall) into third place in District 7-4A. They trail Aledo at 7-0 and Western Hills at 6-1.
“Western Hills is by far the best team in the Fort Worth ISD,” said Kimberling, whose team has outscored the rest of the Fort Worth teams in the district 67-11.
The Lady Cougars (9-2 overall) advanced deep in the 4A playoffs last season, but graduated several key players from that squad. First-yar coach Jake Bean, nonetheless, has them competing for a district title.
Their lone district loss, however, was 12-1 at home to Aledo to open district. Aledo has outscored its district foes 109-1, with Granbury being the only team to force the Ladycats to a full seven innings.
The Lady Pirates, along with Aledo, are the only teams to hold the Lady Cougars to single-digit scoring in district. In its previous five wins, Western Hills had scored 90 runs, topping the 20-run plateau twice.
Despite the loss, Destini Lopez had another strong pitching outing for the Lady Pirates. She struck out a dozen, walked three and gave up just three earned runs on six hits.
“We’ve got the ability and the talent to win out,” said Kimberling. We’ve got to find that focus and maintain it.
“When we do that, we’re fine. Even in the Aledo game we played well, but tonight we just weren’t focused.”
Lady Pirate hitters struggled with patience at the plate, collecting no walks.
Granbury 000 100 0 – 1 7 2
W. Hills 001 201 x – 4 6 3
Granbury pitching – Destini Lopez 6 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 3 walks, 12 strikeouts.
Granbury hitting – Whitley Tipton 1-3, triple; Loryn McCoy 1-3, RBI; Breanna Crain 1-3; Kelsey Clarke 1-3; Maci Samuelson 1-4; Bailey Cole 1-4; Taelyn Beadle 1-4.
Records – Granbury 9-12, 5-2 in 7-4A; Western Hills 9-2, 6-1.