Hickey to pitch in all-star game

May 17, 2014

One of the most dominant pitchers in the state will get to showcase his skills in front of the entire state.

Granbury senior right-hander Nathan Hickey has been selected to play in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

The 41st annual contest highlights seniors from around the state. It will be played Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, home of the Round Rock Express minor league team and Houston Astros affiliate.

“Neat deal,” said Granbury head coach Brad Eppler. “It is a fitting end to an excellent high school career.”

Hickey was nothing short of dominant during his senior season. He finished with an 8-1 record and one save.

Hickey’s earned run average of 0.32 this season is believed to be the lowest in team history. He surrendered just three earned runs all season.

Hickey also became only the third pitcher in GHS history to strike out 100 batters in a season, reaching that milestone with the final out of a 4-0, two-hit playoff-opening win at Burleson Centennial.

Unfortunately, Hickey did not get to add to that total as the Pirates (19-11) were upset in the next two games.

In all, Hickey struck out 100 and walked just 21 in 66.2 innings.

Hickey’s season included a perfect game, a pair of one-hitters, and a couple of two-hitters.

His lone loss was a two-hitter, 2-0 to Aledo, a game in which he was pitching with an injured non-pitching hand.

Hickey came within one victory of tying the single-season and career record for wins by a Pirate pitcher, both held by Nathan Copeland. His career record was 16-8 with two saves.

Had the Pirates advanced to the second round of the postseason, Hickey had a chance at setting the career strikeouts record. He finished with 218, seven behind Copeland.

Along with his pitching achievements, Hickey was also the team’s top hitter with a .459 batting average. He broke his own record for singles in a season with 39 and drove in 24 runs with a slugging percentage of .596 (second on team) and on-base percentage of ..478 (third on team).

In 2013, as a junior, Hickey was named the District 7-4A Pitcher of the Year and also received the team’s most valuable player award. In 2012 he was second-team all-district and the squad’s defensive player of the year.

The 2014 district and team awards have not been announced.

Hickey helped the Pirates reach the playoffs in each of his three varsity seasons, going to the second round in 2013.

Hickey was also selected as a GEF Scholar Athlete by the Granbury ISD Education Foundation.

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