Lady Pirates keep district lead
Outstanding defensive plays, clutch pitching and strong early hitting helped the Granbury Lady Pirates win 6-2 over Burleson at home Friday in a game with major District 5-5A implications.
Granbury took a 5-0 lead through two innings. Kelby Been smacked a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Alison Cooper – who went 3-3 from the leadoff spot in the order – drove in two more runs in the bottom of the second to help the Lady Pirates jump out ahead early.
Cooper also started at pitcher for Granbury, and didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning. The Lady Pirates allowed some baserunners due to errors, but Burleson couldn’t get runs across until the top of the fifth.
Then, with two runners on the basepaths, Burleson’s Brailey Wasek hit a single to center, scoring one run. The Lady Elks’ Natali Wheeler advanced to third, but stepped off the bag and was tagged out by Lydia Davalos to end the inning.
Burleson would threaten again in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with no outs and scoring a run on an error. But a popup to McKalyn Rudnicky led to a double play, as the Lady Elks’ runner at third failed to tag up. A groundout later, and Gran-bury took a 6-2 lead into the final inning.
“KK (Rudnicky) did a phenomenal shortstop job tonight,” Granbury head coach Ashley Benson said. “She had about five big plays tonight. But the momentum of that double play, that’s what we needed.”
Cooper was visibly frustrated in the top of the seventh after several balls and strikes calls went Burleson’s way. But the sophomore settled down and finished the complete game win.
“She refocused, she kept her head, and she finished strong, and that’s what we needed from her,” Benson said. “She’s still only a sophomore, and she owned the mound like she’s being doing it every day of her life.”
The win moved Granbury to 6-1 in District 5-5A and kept the Lady Pirates in a tie for first place with Mansfield Legacy. Granbury traveled to Mansfield Timberview Tuesday, and will host Burleson Centennial at 6 p.m. Friday.