Granbury pitcher Nathan Hickey has been close to perfect this baseball season.
Tuesday night in Fort Worth he was.
Hickey pitched a five-inning perfect game in a 16-0 victory at O.D. Wyatt. He struck out 13 Chaparrals in the process.
The game was called early because of the University Interscholastic League mercy rule.
Hickey was nothing short of dominant. Of his 63 pitches, 45 were strikes. Wyatt hit no balls in the air, with the other two outs being grounders.
Hickey (6-0, 1 save) lowered his already tiny ERA to 0.46. He has struck out 76 batters and walked just 14 in 45.2 innings.
The victory kept the Pirates tied with Arlington Heights for first place in District 7-4A, each 8-1 in league play. The Pirates defeated Heights 5-2 when the two met in Granbury a couple weeks ago.
The Pirates (14-7 overall), winning for the 13th time in their past 16 decisions, got 19 hits. This included a 4-for-4 performance from Landon Gray and a 3-for-3 night from Matthew Hickey.
In all, Granbury sent 16 different batters to the plate in the game. Fourteen got a hit, walk, reached on an error or drove in a run.
When the teams met in Granbury earlier this season, the Pirates won 30-4.
Granbury 151 54 – 16 19 0
Wyatt 000 00 – 0 0 5
Granbury pitching – Nathan Hickey (6-0) 5 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 13 strikeouts.
Granbury hitting – Landon Gray 4-4, RBI; Matthew Hickey 3-3, triple, 3 RBIs; N. Hickey 2-4, double, 3 RBIs; Payton Rhodes 2-3, double; Kasey Hubbard 2-2; Landon Weatherly2-2, RBI; Ian Chancellor 1-2, walk, 2 RBIs; Ryan Suit 1-1; Tristan Fallin 1-2, double, RBI; Alex Kempf 1-1, walk, RBI.
Granbury record – 14-7, 8-1 in District 7-4A.