Grays Win, Then Lose To Fountain Hills

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The Payson Grays Senior Slowpitch softball team upped its record to 10-8, splitting a double-header with the Fountain Hills Kool Kats Nov. 10 in Phoenix.


The Rim country seniors opened the twin bill with a 13-12 victory but stumbled in the second game losing 12-11, Payson coach Ron Maksymowski said.


Offensively, Payson was led by Dusty Wright and Corb Corbin who pounded out six hits each. Neil McVicar was the winning hurler in the first game; Tom Neblett absorbed the loss in the second.


Only two days prior to the split with the frigid felines, the Grays swept a double-header from the Resort of Mesa Royals, 16-7 and 24-9, Maksymowski said.


In the opener, Payson pounded out 26 base hits and committed but one error. The one miscue, a bases-loaded throwing error, allowed Mesa to score four unearned runs.


The Gray's defense did shine on occasion, Maksymowski said.


"The outstanding play came in the fifth inning when Chuck (Miriani) scooped by a vicious grounder at rover and threw the runner out a first base," he said.


In the second game, the Payson offense continued red hot, pounding out 34 hits, 11 for extra bases.


Maksymowski contributed seven base knocks including a home run, two triples and one double.

Corb Corbin, Fran Doering and Tom Neblett had six hits each.


In addition to the rock 'em, sock 'em offense, a solid defense also helped fuel the win.


"Strong no-error fielding by Ralph Bossert, Bill Lyons and Vern Stearns kept the Royals from finding the outfield," Maksymowski said.


The Grays will return to action Nov. 19 to 21 at the Make-a-Wish Benefit Tournament at Crescent field in Mesa.

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