Former Payson High School softball star Kadi Hunt Tenney, now married and the mother of one, has returned to her alma mater as the freshman girls' softball coach. And if early season results are any indication, Tenney will be as successful on the coaching level as she was as a player.
By sweeping a double-header 22-12 and 12-0 from Coconino March 11 in Flagstaff, the rookie Horns improved their season's record to 3-0.
With Payson schools in spring recess last week, the team will not return to action until Wednesday, when it makes a return trip to Flagstaff --this time to challenge Sinagua.
In the opening game win over Coconino, the encounter might best be labeled the Rachel Ray show. The fireballing youngster opened on the mound for the Lady Horns and hurled the entire five innings, picking up the win.
Of the 16 batters she faced -- one over the minimum -- she struck out 13.
After K'ing the first four batters she faced, Ray finally allowed an opposing batter to put a bat on a ball. But the routine fly was caught easily in left field by Katie Whelan.
The only other occasions Coconino hitters didn't go down on strikes came on a walk in the third frame and an unassisted play on a ground ball by first baseman Laura Crabtree in the sixth.
While Ray was dominating on the mound, the freshman offense took advantage of a porous Coconino defense that committed six errors which directly led the Payson runs. Cleanup hitter Trista Carlton paced the Horns "O" with three runs and one hit in three plate appearances. Twice, Carlton was on base and scored courtesy of errors in left field.
In the second game victory, Carlton continued to wield the hot bat, ripping a home run and single while scoring three times. She also was credited with the pitching victory, hurling the entire six innings.
Heather Meyocks finished as a team leader with two base hits, two runs scored and three RBIs.