Granbury 8-Under squad reaches regional finals

July 20, 2013

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Danny Guidry and his pals are doing something right.

For a third consecutive year Guidry, the head coach, along with assistants Todd Click and Randy Clark, have led their team to the Granbury Athletic Association 8-Under baseball championship.

For Guidry, that’s a 75 percent success rate as he has been coaching in this division for only four years.

“We have had a great group of kids for some time, but we finally got the right group of boys all on the same team and were able to put together an all-star team that could compete,” said Guidry.

He was referring to this season’s run by the 8-Under Purple Pirates. They advanced to the PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) regional tournament and finished second in the Pinto (7-8) division, losing 20-7 to Aledo Orange.

In fact, both losses in the double-elimination tournament came to Aledo Orange, the first being 18-12. As of press time, Aledo Orange had yet to lose a tournament game this summer.

Granbury qualified for regionals by winning sectionals in Cleburne, outscoring three opponents 68-52.

In addition, the team finished runner-up in the Granbury All-Star Tournament and runner-up in PONY district.

Their overall record is 25-6.

“We added another very knowledgeable coach in George Grimm, and together we had one goal to start the season. We wanted to get a sign on the field with their names on it saying we were PONY All-Star champions,” said Guidry.

“Needless to say, we exceeded our expectations.

“Winning the PONY sectional championship meant the world to our boys. They were on top of the world. The improvements they made over the past two months have been tremendous. They almost don’t look like the same group of boys.”

Like his young players, Guidry is moving to a different level. He recently signed on to become an assistant coach for Granbury High School, he said.

Some day these youngsters might be playing for him at Tidwell Field.

“I am so proud of them, and I will miss being their coach going forward,” he said. “I know these boys will go on to be great baseball players and even better young men.”

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