Tough tourney could benefit Lady Pirates

The 2013 softball season got off to a rough start for the Granbury Lady Pirates, but coach Chad Kimberling says not to worry.

“I knew when I entered us in that tournament that we were going to see some quality teams,” said Kimberling. “I had us placed in the top bracket for a specific reason. We need to see that type and caliber of competition now. Later is too late.

“I did not expect us to go 0-6. However, I will say that the teams we played, specifically Hudson, Henderson, Nacogdoches and Lufkin High, all were very good hitting teams. And though the score are lopsided, they do not necessarily tell the story of how it got that way.”

The Lady Pirates began the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Woden, followed by an 11-1 loss to Hudson. Henderson, the 3A state runner-up last season, defeated the Lady Pirates 13-0, followed by a 5-2 loss to Tarkington. The final day, Saturday, saw losses of 12-1 to Lufkin and 13-0 to Nacogdoches.

“I think back to the volleyball trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago. They played in a very tough tournament, and they saw a level of competition that they were not used to. Then they come home and run the table in district and get to the (regional) quarterfinals.

“That’s what I want my girls to take away from this past weekend.”