Pirates clinch third place in 7-4A

The Granbury Pirates avoided a repeat of a year ago by defeating Fort Worth Arlington Heights 11-0 Thursday night at Tidwell Field.

Last season, the Pirates could have clinched third in district with a win in the season final. They lost back-to-back games against Mansfield Summit, settling for the fourth seed.

Thursday’s win, however, gives the Pirates (15-13, 9-5) the third seed from 7-4A for bidistrict. They will face Waco University late next week.

Granbury pitcher Nathan Hickey (6-2) was nothing short of dominant against district runner-up Heights (23-7, 11-3). He struck out eight and surrendered a single hit before the game was called in the fifth inning.

Miles Wagner ended the game with a towering home run over the 375-foot fence in center field.

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Arl. Heights 000 00 – 0 1 1

Granbury 040 25 – 11 9 1

Granbury pitching – Nathan Hickey (6-2) 5 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Miles Wagner 2-4, home run, 3 RBIs; Payton Rhodes 2-3, double, 2 RBIs; Tristen Fallin 2-3; Hickey 1-4, 2 RBIs; Landon Gray 1-2, walk; Brady Retz 1-1, hit by pitch, walk, RBI; Tyler Titus 1-2, triple, 2 RBIs.