The Granbury S.W.A.T wrapped up perhaps the most exciting summer softball season in area history with a fifth-place finish at the PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) 14-Under World Series in Lubbock recently.
S.W.A.T stands for Softball With Attitude – and the team displayed the never-give-up attitude that earned them the world series berth.
S.W.A.T began pool play with a 7-3 victory against Oak Hill. As they have done so many times before, the team overcame an early deficit, this time 3-0 after the first inning.
Pitcher Kelby Been shut down Oak Hill. Key hits were provided by Been, along with Lani Hickey, Everly Carey, Ellie Feemster, Ashleigh Wilson and Tatum Davis.
In the second game, S.W.A.T dropped a 4-0 contest to the eventual world series champions from Dripping Springs.
To wrap up pool play, they again came from behind for a 5-4 win over Lubbock West Texas Insanity. Carey and Been provided the pitching, while clutch hits came from Hickey, Been, Feemster, Lark Horton and Hannah Pallet.
“We left that game with the opposing coach calling foul and begging to see us again in bracket play,” said S.W.A.T coach Bubba Horton.
The Insanity coach would get his wish, but not before S.W.A.T, seeded fifth, began bracket play with a 2-1 victory against Mercedes Titanium.
Been pitched a three-hitter, and Titanium’s lone run was unearned.
Hickey drove in both runs for S.W.A.T.
In the rematch with Insanity, Been got the pitching victory, keyed offensively by a home run by Davis. Defensively, there were several standouts, including Rachel McWilliams, Madi Yarbrough, Horton and Hickey.
“He was excited to see us on his side of the bracket, but we left him disappointed again,” said coach Horton.
Lubbock Team Texas ended the S.W.A.T win streak with a 14-3 topping. Medina Valley sent the Granbury team home with a 10-0 shutout, though the game featured a defensive standout as Naomi Palafox made a highlight catch of a fly ball.
“The future for the Granbury High School Pirates is bright with this squad,” said coach Horton.
“I expect to see that program take a giant leap with these girls, so keep an eye on them.”
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