Despite turning in a masterful no-hitter, Lady Longhorn pitcher Rachel Ray barely escaped Tuesday afternoon with a victory.
After the Horns 5-4 win over Holbrook on PHS diamond, the biggest question fans were asking was, "how did Roadrunners manage to score four runs without a base hit?"
The answer can be found in the Lady Horns' defense or possibly lack of it.
By committing five crucial errors, the Horn "D" almost allowed Ray's pitching gem to go for naught. But, a solid hitting attack led by Brandi Waugh, Brittany Boyes, Brooke McRae and Trista Carlton, produced an early 5-0 lead that Holbrook never erased.
"We hit the ball real well," coach Will Dunman said.
Waugh was two-for-four and Carlton two-for-three. McRae and Boyes both had one hit in three trips to the plate.
Holbrook's big rally which came courtesy of the Horn D highlighted the top of the fourth inning and closed the Payson lead to 5-3.
At that point, the Lady Horns who were obviously struggling could have gone belly up.
But, the team refused to fold, Dunman said. "We overcame that and didn't let it get to us."
In picking up the pitching win, Ray hurled the full seven innings. The sophomore fireballer struck out five, walked one and hit one batsmen.
The team returns to action today in the Page Invitational Tournament at Page High School. During the two-day series, the team will play a minimum of five games.