Lady Pirates rebound at Stephenville

Officially, the Granbury Lady Pirates got one win in the Stephenville Honeybee Invitational last weekend.

But that would be a bit deceiving.

The Lady Pirates won twice in pool play, but those games don’t count in wins and losses, said coach Chad Kimberling. However, the 9-1 win over Clyde and 5-3 victory against Early were enough to give the top seed from their pool, despite the 3-2 loss to San Saba to end pool play.

In bracket play Saturday, the Lady Pirates defeated host Stephenville 11-7 to advance to the semifinals. There they were ousted by eventual tournament champion Grandview 8-0.

“We played really well this weekend,” said Kimberling. “I was proud of the girls and the way they came out ready to play.”

Granbury (1-7) scored eight runs in the first inning against Clyde, all with two outs. Whitley Tipton and Maci Samuelson each hit home runs in the win, and Destini Lopez pitched.

The Lady Pirates trailed Early 3-2 going into the top of the final inning. Then Tipton hit her second home run of the tournament to put Granbury up 4-2.

“In our third game of the day we were getting a bit tired, and it showed as wel let San Saba slip past us 3-2,” said Kimberling.

Tipton hit another home run, a three-run shot, to give Granbury an 11-2 lead over Stephenville. They then withstood a Honeybee rally for their first official win of the season.

“We didn’t play particularly well in that last game (against Grandview), and the score should have been more along the lines of 7-3 or so,” said Kimberling. “We had a hard time seeing the ball in the zone at the plate, and had not one girl walk in that game.

We made huge strides going into district (last night against Southwest at home). After a rough weekend in Lufkin (opening weekend), we could have come home and let it bring us down this weekend, but we didn’t. We used last weekend as a learning tool.”

Tipton was named to the all-tournament team.