Payson Grays Continue Roller Coaster Season

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Hot on the heels of a double-header split against the Ahwatukee Wildcats in Payson last Friday, the Payson Grays senior softball team returns to action Wednesday against Scottsdale Good Times.

The doubleheader will be played at Yavapai field in Scottsdale.

Against the Wildcats, the Payson seniors dropped the opener of the twin bill, 11-10, but rallied to win the second, 24-23.

In the victory, the two teams pounded out a whopping 28 base hits, but the game's outcome wasn't decided until the last inning.

According to Grays' spokesman Ron Maksymowski, the Wildcats took a 23-21 lead in the top of the seventh inning, rallying for five runs.

The situation appeared bleak for Payson in the bottom of the frame when, with one out, Ralph Bossert hit a towering fly ball that looked to be an easy out.

But the Ahwatukee fielder misjudged the ball and it fell in for a base hit.

One batter later, a Walt Knasick home run dead-knotted the game.

After another Payson out, designated hitter Tom Neblett swatted a triple into right center field, sending Maksymowski to the plate.

Maksymowski, who usually is the starting pitcher, responded to the challenge with a ringing single to left that scored the winning run.

Payson's opening game loss to the Wildcats was equally as exciting as the nightcap.

The Grays had an opportunity to salvage the win in the bottom of the seventh, trailing by a single run.

With two outs, Neil McVicar was on at third as the tying run. On at first as the winning run was Corb Corbin. But, much to the chagrin of the Payson team, the runners were left stranded when the next Gray popped up to end the rally.

Following the doubleheader, Maksymowski praised the defensive play of Fran Doering, Vern Stearns and Tom Friday.

Offensively, Corbin, Bossert, McVicar, Knasick, Maksymowski and Dan Prock all finished with five hits. Frank Adams contributed a triple and pair of doubles.

A week before the clash against the Wildcats, Payson copped both ends of a senior doubleheader, whipping the Mesa Royals, 7-6 and 17-5.

Maksymowski was the winning pitcher in both games. Doering paced the victors with two home runs.

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