Lopez tosses 2nd no-hitter in district


Contrary to what it may seem, Destini Lopez has broken a sweat in the District 7-4A softball season.

But not much.

There’s not much time to sweat when your team is winning by scores such as Tuesday’s 16-0 rout of visiting South Hills in three innings.

And there’s not much opportunity to perspire when you’ve thrown a pair of no-hitters, including Tuesday, and a one-hitter in the league so far.

The victory left the Lady Pirates (9-10 overall) in a first-place tie with Aledo (20-3 overall), both at 5-0 in district. The Lady Pirates were hosting the Ladycats, ranked third in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association, last night to determine sole possession of first in the league.

Entering last night, Aledo had outscored its district opponents 82-1, while Granbury had outscored its foes by a 67-11 margin.

“Destini had a good night in the circle, threw only 47 pitches and only eight in the third inning,” said Lady Pirate coach Chad Kimberling.

Lopez only faced 11 batters, walking two and striking out six. She also helped herself at the plate, belting a double and driving in a pair of runs.

Lopeaz got a lot of hit offensively from the Lady Pirates, who collected 15 hits in the rout. Bailey Cole led by going 3-for-3, while Maci Samuelson had a pair of triples and drove in four runs.

“It was really good to hit the ball the way we did after coming off a game last week where we hit okay, but not like we are capable,” said Kimberling.

The Lady Pirates struggled in their previous outing, holding off upset-minded Trimble Tech 5-3 in Fort Worth.

Of the Lady Pirates’ 15 hits against South Hills, only three of the bloop variety.

“Every other one was a solid hit,” said Kimberling.

“We played well and stayed focused from the beginning and got it done.

“Maci is continuing to tear it up at the plate, and Bailey kept right on doing what she has been doing – going to the plate and getting on base.”

Kimberling called last night’s game the biggest for Granbury softball in years, and said he isn’t surprised his team is battling for the district championship.

“We have the opportunity to do something has never been done here, and the girls know it,” he said. “Teh best part is, we are starting to click as a team really well, and the girls understand that every pitch and every play is important.

“We have several that are playing roles right now, and they are doing so effectively. That is what makes a good team great.”

The Lady Pirates are seeking their first playoff berth since reaching the second round of the 4A postseason in 2010.

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South Hills 000 0 0 0 1

Granbury 349 – 16 15 0

Granbury pitching – Destini Lopez 3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Bailey Cole 3-3; Maci Samuelson 2-3, 2 triples, 4 RBIs; Taelyn Beadle 2-3, double, 3 RBIs; Whitley Tipton 2-2, double, hit by pitch, 2 RBIs; Loryn McCoy 2-3, RBI; Lopez 1-3, double, 2 RBIs; Sara Callahan 1-1, 2 RBIs; Avery Villa 1-1; Shelby Hilton 1-1, RBI.

Granbury record – 9-10, 5-0 in 7-4A.