Pirates stay tied for first

When the rain from the sky finally subsided Thursday, Tidwell Field was raining runs as the Granbury Pirates routed visiting South Hills 12-2 Thursday.

The victory kept the Pirates (13-7 overall) tied atop the District 7-4A standings. Aledo, No. 4 in the state, and Arlington Heights were playing last night, with the winner moving into that tie.

So, for a 24-hour period, coach Brad Eppler’s team actually had sole possession of first place in district.

“I hadn’t thought of that,” said Eppler with a chuckle. “That’s pretty cool, now if we can just do that at the end of district.”

The game started an hour after its scheduled 7 p.m. time. With University Interscholastic League rules stating an inning can’t start after 10 p.m. on a weeknight, Eppler was concerned about playing five innings to make the game official.

“When we start hitting the ball, it takes longer,” he said.

“Plus, we were just one lightning strike away from a long delay.”

But the game was played, and plenty of Pirates played in the game.

Of the 13 batters who made a plate appearance, 12 got on base and/or scored a run.

Seven of the Pirates’ hits went for extra bases. They banged out five doubles – two by Payton Rhodes – along with triples from Nathan Hickey and Landon Gray.

Rhodes was also solid on the mound. Nineteen of his 24 first pitches were strikes.

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South Hills 001 010 = 2 5 2

Granbury 270 201 = 12 16 1

Granbury pitching – Payton Rhodes (3-2) 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned) 3 walks, 5 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Rhodes 3-3, 2 doubles, walk; Nathan Hickey 2-3, triple, walk, RBI, stolen base; Ian Chancellor 2-2, double, 2 RBIs; Tristan Fallin 2-2, walk, 2 RBIs; Landon Weatherly 1-3, double, hit by pitch, stolen base; Josh Yarbrough 1-2, sac fly, RBI; Landon Gray 1-4, triple, RBI; Davis Shea 1-4, double, RBI; Alex Kempf 1-1; Matthew Hickey 1-2, 2 RBIs; Brendan King 1-2; Daniel Arnett walk.

Granbury record – 13-7, 7-1 in District 7-4A.