The Payson Grays senior softball team opened play in the Four Seasons Summer League last week in Phoenix by splitting a pair of doubleheaders against the Ahwatukee Wildcats.
The opener was a roaring success for the Grays as they whipped the Cats 16-15 and 13-12.
Grays team member Ron Maksymowski said Payson "came from behind, scoring winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning."
The Grays' mystique, however, disappeared in the second doubleheader when the Wildcats ran out to 14-3 and 23-20 victories.
The first game was a blowout, Maksymowski said, but in the second, the Grays had the opportunity for another patented late rally.
After scoring three runs in the last inning, the Grays pulled to within three and had the tying run at the plate in Maksymowski. His drive to left centerfield appeared to have a chance at falling in, but a running catch by the Wildcat outfielder ended the threat and Payson's hopes for victories.
Fran Doering, Tom Neblett, Vern Stearns and Bill Youngs led the Grays' offense with five hits each, Maksymowski said.
Maksymowski cited Ralph Bossert, Frank Adams and Walt Knasick for their outstanding defensive efforts in the two victories.