The Payson Grays senior slow-pitch softball team turned up for this weekend's Memorial Day Senior Tournament by splitting a double header with the Sun City Grand Tigers, Ron Maksymowski, a player and the coach for the Grays, said.
Contested Tuesday in Fountain Hills, the Grays dropped the opener of the twin bill 9-7, but roared back to win the second game 14-4.
The opening-round defeat, Maksymowski said, was a heartbreaker but the team rebounded by limiting the Tigers to seven hits in the nightcap.
"Our stellar defense and timely hitting had the Tigers on their heels," Maksymowski said.
Defensively, the player/coach cited Tom Neblett, Corb Corbin, Vern Stearns and Walt Knasick for "playing flawlessly."
At the plate, the Grays were led by Corbin, who turned in a perfect day, finishing 7 for 7. Among his hits were a double and a triple.
Ken Gouker and Neblett contributed four hits each, Maksymowski said. The losing pitcher in the first contest was Dick Johnson and the winner in the second was Maksymowski.
After having spent most of the winter playing in the Valley area, the Grays will soon have the opportunity to compete at home in the Rim country.
Home games in the works
According to Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind, his department and the Fountain Hills Parks and Recreation Department will co-sponsor a series of senior league games at Rumsey Park.
The games, Schwind said, will give local senior players a break from the rigors of driving the Beeline and allow Valley teams to escape the searing desert heat.
The schedule has not been finalized, but games will begin in early June.