Pirates second in 7-4A, prepare to face former coach

April 30, 2014

FORT WORTH – The Granbury Pirates played their final sporting event in District 7-4A Friday, dropping a baseball game at Arlington Heights, 3-2.

However, the Pirates received a going-away present from another Fort Worth school, Trimble Tech.

The Bulldogs upset Aledo 2-0 on that same night. That dropped the Bearcats to third place and left the Pirates (17-9, 11-3 in 7-4A) alone in second place in the final standings.

Arlington Heights (16-8, 13-1) won district, with the Yellowjackets’ lone league loss being 5-2 at Granbury.

“We’ll have to high-five those guys at the district meeting,” Granbury coach Brad Eppler said of Trimble Tech, smiling.

The outcome set up the Pirates for a best-of-three bidistrict series against Burleson Centennial (14-14). The Spartans, coached by former Granbury coach Brad Hart, finished third in District 8-4A.

“It should be fun,” said Eppler, who was Hart’s assistant with the Pirates before Hart left for Centennial last summer.

“Good team. Well-coached. Should make for a good series,” said Hart of the Pirates.

“The sun comes up. We played well,” said Eppler. “We’ll have a good week of practice and get ready for a big series against Centennial.

The Pirates took an early 2-0 lead when Matthew Hickey doubled home a pair of runs in the top of the second. Heights came back with two runs in the bottom, and things stayed tied until the fifth, when Josh Soward’s run-scoring single provided the margin of victory.

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Granbury 020 000 0 – 2 3 1

Arl. Heights 020 010 x – 3 5 0

Granbury pitching – Payton Rhodes 1.1 innings, 1 hit, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 1 hit batter, 1 strikeout; Daniel Arnett 4.2 innings, 4 hits 1 earned run, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts.

Heights pitching – 7 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.

Granbury hitting – Landon Gray 1-3, double; Nathan Hickey 1-3; Matthew Hickey 1-3, double, 2 RBIs; Rhodes walk; Arnett 2 walks.

Heights hitting leader – Mark Scheiner 3-3, 2 doubles.

Records – Granbury 17-9, 11-3 in District 7-4A. Heights 16-8, 13-1 in 7-4A.

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