Given the chance to redeem themselves and finish the season in the fashion they wanted, the Granbury Purple 6-Under baseball team made short work of visiting Weatherford.
The 19-3 victory last Saturday gave coach Jared Stone’s squad the championship of the Brazos River Baseball Wood Bat Tournament at Granbury City Park. It also avenged an earlier 15-9 loss to Weatherford to open pool play in the tournament.
“It was our last chance to play together this year, and this team had put a whupping on us,” said Stone. “I just told them to go out and play like we know we can – and they did.”
Granbury finished 3-1 in the tournament. After the opening loss, they defeated Thunder 11-6 to end pool play with a 1-1 mark. Then, to open bracket play, they topped Thunder 12-11 to earn another shot at Weatherford.
“We started this tournament out a little slow against Weatherford. But it wasn’t long before we started playing Pirate baseball,” said Stone. “We played played small ball, taking extra bases every chance we could.
“We made the wood bats crack with every swing, and with championships and a side bet between me and my players that I would bur my hair off with a championship win on the line, we kept scoring. And defensively we were flawless.”
Stone said along with the championship, the players enjoyed the opportunity to hit with wood bats instead of the standard aluminum bats normally used in youth baseball contests.
“We had one kid who broke a bat. Everybody thought that was cool,” he said.
“Best of all, we finished the season like we wanted to.
“Over all it has been a great season. I would like to give thanks to the parents, the hard work of all my assistant coaches for their time and dedication, and most of all our superstar kiddos. Would also like to thank Brazos River Baseball for putting on a classic wood bat tournament.
“It was so much fun to watch the boys play like they were in the bigs. They walked around with a little different swagger. The sound and feel of the game was very pure and the kids said that it was so fun to hit that ball like the pros do.”
The previous week, the Pirates came up one game short of advancing to the PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) Shetland State Tournament with a loss to the Richland Youth Association.
Granbury Purple and Weatherford Blue each finished pool play with 2-0 records, but Weatherford Blue won the tournament with a 17-14 victory in the finals.
Granbury Purple defeated the Burleson Outlaws 14-4 and Texas Edge Red 11-1 in pool play. In bracket play, the drew a bye and defeated Burleson again, 17-7, to reach the finals.
The previous week in PONY play, the Pirates advanced to the Pinto regional finals.
Texas Edge Red, also from Granbury, also dropped an 11-7 contest to Burleson in pool play. They opened bracket play with a 14-4 loss to the Outlaws.
The Stephenville Red Sox won the division, while Granbury 9 had a difficult weekend. They lost both pool games, 10-1 to Weatherford and 12-1 to the Fort Worth Diablos, before falling 9-1 to Rampage 9 in the opening round of bracket play.
MUSTANG SUPER REGIONAL
Playing in Decatur, Granbury 9-Under split four games in the elite tournament.
Granbury opened with a 24-19 victory against host Decatur, followed by a 28-3 loss to Fort Worth Optimist that put them in the losers bracket.
Granbury bounced back wtih a 13-10 win over Alvarado, but was eliminated with a 22-12 loss to Keller.
PONY SUPER REGIONAL
In Crowley, Granbury went 4-2, but was eliminated with a pair of losses to Pioneer Youth Baseball.
The Pirates opened with an 8-3 setback to Pioneer to fall into the losers bracket. They then reeled off four straight wins.
Granbury topped rival Aledo 3-1, blanked Burleson 7-0 and Haslet 4-0, and edged White Settlement 8-7. That set them up with a rematch against Pioneer in the semifinals.
The outcome was no better the second time as Pioneer advanced to the finals with a 13-4 victory. They would then fall 4-1 to Denison in the title game.
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DOUBLE-A STATE TOURNAMENT
Texas Edge 8-Under captured a state title by sweeping four opponents in Greenville.
Texas Edge opened with a 10-4 victory against DeMarini Assault, followed by back-to-back wins over the Greenville Majors of 12-2 and 12-3.
In the championship game, Texas Edge had little trouble in a rematch with DeMarini, winning 12-4.
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