Grays Take Oasis In Doubleheader

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The Payson Grays senior slow pitch softball team upped its record in Four Seasons League play to 5-3 with a double-header sweep of Fountain Hills Oasis 16-13 and 13-12.

The victories -- Thursday in Payson -- were made possible because of good defense, timely hitting and the pitching of Tom Neblett, Grays' team member Ron Maksymowski said.

In the opener of the twin bill, the Grays scored four runs in the first inning and then relied on the defensive antics of infielders Tom Friday, Neil McVicars and Fran Doering to coast to the win.

In the second game, Maksymowski said, Oasis rallied for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning and tied up the contest 12-12.

In the last-chance bottom of the frame, Friday got aboard on a walk but was erased on a fielder's choice off the bat of McVicars.

Doering drew an intentional walk setting the stage for Vern Stearns who ripped a sharp RBI single to center field which insured the victory for the Grays.

According to Maksymowski, Doering led all hitters in the twin bill with two home runs, two doubles and a single.

Neblett had five hits including four triples and a single.

Frank Adams and Chuck Mirani finished with four hits each.

Defensively, outfielders Corb Corbin and Walk Knasick drew plaudits from Maksymowski for "pulling in many over-the-shoulder catches."

The Grays return to action at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rumsey Park against the Kool Kats.

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