The Granbury Pirates were surprised 2-1 by Western Hills in a road baseball game Tuesday, damaging their chances of grabbing one of the district’s top two spots.
The loss dropped the Pirates (12-11 overall) to 6-4 in District 7-4A.
It also spoiled a fine pitching performance by Miles Wagner. He scattered five hits, walked none and only one of the two runs against him was earned.
On the other side, Western Hills’ Matt Wagner pitched a gem. He struck out 10 and walked one in hurling a three-hitter.
“We got beat by a team that is not nearly as talented as we are,” said Granbury coach Brad Hart. “We really put ourselves in a bad spot by not being able to take what we work on and talk about in practice and do it in a game. Just not good baseball.
“Miles pitched really well.”
Landon Gray was the lone Pirate to reach base more than once. He singled and drew their only walk.
Neither team managed an extra-base hit.
Aledo leads the district with a 9-1 record, followed by Arlington Heights at 8-2. The Pirates, while in the thick of the playoff race, now have a challenge to move up in the standings.
Aledo defeated Granbury 7-4 in eight innings in their first district meeting, overcoming a 4-2 seventh-inning deficit. Heights topped Granbury 2-1 in their first contest.
Granbury 000 010 0 – 1 3 5
W. Hills 011 000 x – 2 5 1
Granbury pitching – Miles Wagner 6 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.
W. Hills pitching – Matt Wagner 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 1 walk, 10 strikeouts.
Granbury hitting – Payton Rhodes 1-3; Landon Gray 1-2, walk; Tyler Titus 1-2.
Granbury 12-11, 6-4 in 7-4A; Western Hills 3-18, 3-7.