Lady Longhorns Fall Short Of State Championship

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The quest to hang Payson High School's first state softball championship banner in Wilson Dome is over.

The dream of earning a 3A title was squashed by a fiery Chandler Seton team Saturday morning at Rose Mofford Field in Phoenix.

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Brenna Zumbro was tagged with the loss, her second of the season, Saturday in the state tournament quarterfinals.

Seton's 5-0 state quarterfinal victory eliminated the Lady Horns from the state tournament only one day after Payson had looked unstoppable in a 14-4 opening round win over Monument Valley.

Against Seton, the Lady Longhorns had no answer for Kim Zadronsky's pitching offerings (8-3). Although Zadronsky didn't possess the blazing offerings the Lady Horns have faced from other East region hurlers, she never served up the fast pitches Lady Horns were looking for.

A pair of singles by Jennifer Plumb were the only hits Zadronsky gave up.

When Zadronsky wasn't confusing Payson hitters, she was fueling the team's offense. Her two hits which included a home run and two RBIs were all SC needed to stave off the pesky Lady Horns.

Seton scored in the bottom of the first to take a 1-0 lead. In the third, SC upped the lead to 2-0, but the real blow to Lady Horn hopes came in a three-run fourth-inning outburst.

Lady Longhorn freshman Brenna Zumbro (10-2) gave up only two earned runs, but absorbed the loss.

In the first round win over Monument Valley, Zumbro picked up her 10th victory of the year after relieving starter Rachel Rae, who was forced to the bench by a nagging hand injury.

With Zumbro and Rae only a sophomore returning to the PHS fold the next three years, coach Will Dunman has the pitching staff of which championships are made.

The Lady Horns entered the state tournament with a 9-5 record and a third-place finish in the East region.

Monument Valley entered as the North two-seed and Seton the West champion.

The state championship will be decided at 5 p.m. May 12 at Rose Mofford field.

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