Lady Pirates playoff-bound once more


Sure, the Granbury Lady Pirates would liked to have been the second seed from District 7-4A softball.

But the way coach Chad Kimberling looks at it, they are back in the postseason and anything can happen.

“We’re in, and that’s the most important thing,” said Kimberling after his team split a pair of games with Fort Worth Western Hills this past weekend, winning 9-8 in nine innings at home on Friday and losing 13-7 at Aledo on Saturday.

The win left the teams tied for second place in district, each at 11-3. The loss left the Lady Pirates (15-15 overall) with the No. 3 seed for the upcoming bidistrict series against 8-4A runner-up Burleson Centennial (22-8).

The Lady Pirates are making their first postseason appearance since 2010, when they advanced to the second round.

“Every day is a different game, and we saw that this weekend,” said Kimberling. “I’ve seen a lot of good teams lose to teams not up to them in talent.

“If Destini (Lopez) will pitch like she did against Aledo, we’ve got a chance. Of course they’re a good team, but we also know what we can do.”

Kimberling also noted the Lady Pirates’ record is somewhat deceiving. They began the season 0-6 playing some of the top teams in the state in the Lufkin Hudson Tournament. He also believes every one of their losses has come to a playoff team.

In Friday’s win, the Lady Pirates overcame four leads by the Lady Cougars (22-10). Western Hills led 2-0 after the top of the first, 3-2 after the top of the second, 7-6 after the top of the seventh, and 8-7 after the top of the ninth after Brooke Wortham’s solo home run.

In the bottom of the ninth, Lopez reached on an error and scored the tying run on Maci Samuelson’s single. Samuelson then scored the winning run with one out on Taeylyn Beadle’s single, her third hit and third RBI of the game.

“I am so proud of the girls,” said Kimberling. “They were just not going to lose on this night.

“I knew when we got one of tbose girls on and we got back to the top of the lineup, we could score at least one, and dang if we didn’t score twice.”

In Saturday’s game, the Lady Pirates fell behind 8-0 before they began to rally in the bottom of the fifth.

Western Hills coach Jake Bean credited his team for being able to overcome an emotional loss on Friday and take control Saturday.

“The junior and senior leadership on this team was important,” he said. “We had a chance to win that game (Friday), so we knew this game today could go either way.”

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W. Hills 210 011 201 – 8 6 1

Granbury 220 020 102 – 9 17 3

Granbury pitching – Destini Lopez (13-10) 9 innings, 6 hits, 8 runs (5 earned), 8 walks, 8 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Lopez 3-5; Ashley Eades 3-5, triple, 2 RBIs; Taelyn Beadle 3-6, 3 RBIs; Maci Samuelson 2-3, 2 walks, RBI; Breanna Crain 2-5, walk; Avery Villa 2-5; Kelsey Clarke 1-4, walk; Bailey Cole 1-5.

W. Hills 210 413 2 – 13 11 2

Granbury 000 034 0 – 7 9 6

Granbury pitching – Lopez (13-11) 7 innings, 11 hits, 13 runs (8 earned), 5 walks, 1 hit batter, 4 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Cole 3-4, double, triple; Crain 2-4, RBI; Lopez 1-3; Villa 1-3; Clark 1-4; Samuelson 1-4.

Records – Granbury 15-15, 11-4 in 7-4A; W. Hills 22-10, 12-3.