Lady Pirates ousted in area round
The Granbury Lady Pirates were eliminated in the area round of the UIL Class 5A playoffs with a 6-2 loss to The Colony at Kennedale High School Friday.
Granbury had lost Game One of the series 8-1 Thursday night. The Lady Pirates were playing from behind all night, and head coach Ashley Benson said that affected Granbury’s gameplan, as her players had to be more aggressive at the plate.
On Friday, The Colony jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Shortstop Jayda Coleman, one of the nation’s top recruits in the Class of 2020, hit a lead-off home run, and the Lady Cougars scored another run and loaded the bases with no outs.
But Alison Cooper came in to pitch for Granbury and worked the Lady Pirates out of the jam without giving up any more runs. Neither team could get a run across over the next three innings.
The Colony broke through again in the top of the fifth, scoring one earned and one unearned run to grow the lead to 4-0.
Granbury finally responded in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Brianna Venable smashed a two-run home run over the fence in center field to cut The Colony’s lead in half and give the Lady Pirates some momentum.
The Colony took that momentum back in the top of the seventh with a leadoff triple. The Lady Cougars extended their lead to 6-2, and though Rayli Ruby had a two-out single for Granbury in the bottom of the seventh, the Lady Pirates couldn’t stage a final comeback.
Granbury finished its season with a 25-9-1 record, and finished in a tie for second in District 5-5A.
The Lady Pirates’ senior class of 2019 -- which included six starters -- had a major influence on the program, head coach Ashley Benson said.
“We are graduating the core of our leadership,” she said. “The returners and underclassmen are going to have some big roles to fill.
“This senior class has put in a lot of hard work for this program, and they set the standards of how we want to keep getting stronger and better each year.”
In the offseason, Benson said offense will be the primary focus.
“This offseason we are going to focus on offensive production at the plate, team camaraderie and playing aggressive defensively and offensively,” she said. “We want to finish stronger and go further so we have to put in that extra work.”