For the first time in District 7-4A softball the Aledo Ladycats had to play past the fifth inning.
In fact, they had to go a full seven innings against Granbury Lady Pirates on the GHS field Friday.
The Ladycats won 9-0 to take over sole possession of first place in the league with a 6-0 record (21-3 overall). But Granbury coach Chad Kimberling said he knows his Lady Pirates can hang with the No. 3 squad in the state.
“We were in the game up until the sixth,” said Kimberling.
“We just didn’t hit like we normally do.”
The Lady Pirates (9-11, 5-1) trailed 4-0 before Aledo scored three times in the sixth and then added two in the seventh.
Granbury managed just three hits off of Aledo pitcher Lauren Craine.
Two of the hits were doubles, however, by Whitley Tipton and Destini Lopez.
Meanwhile, Lopez was having a solid pitching game of her own. She surrendered seven hits and only six earned runs.
“I don’t think some of the stats necessarily reflect how well Destini pitched,” said Kimberling.
“Give credit to Aledo, though. They came through with the hits when they had girls in scoring position, and we had a hard time adjusting to their pitcher.
“It was a little difficult adjusting to pitching that we have not seen in a few weeks.”
The Lady Pirates had also rolled through their first five games in district, outscoring their opponents 67-11.
“We did not let them have any one huge inning,” said Kimberling.
“Overall, I’m proud of the way the girls played. And, if nothing else, they saw that they can play with Aledo.
“A loss is a loss, but we did get something to build on from that loss.”
The Lady Pirates were wrapping up the first half of district last night at Western Hills. They have a rematch with the Ladycats in Aledo on April 16.
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Aledo 201 103 2 – 9 7 0
Granbury 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Granbury pitching – Destini Lopez 7 innings, 7 hits, 9 runs (6 earned), 4 walks, 6 strikeouts.
Granbury hitting – Whitley Tipton 1-3, double; Lopez 1-3, double; Loryn McCoy 1-2.
Rrecords – 9-11, 5-1 in 7-4A; Aledo 21-3, 6-0.