by Charlene Hunt
special to the roundup
The summer softball season may be over, but the Rim Country Middle School team's season is just beginning.
Coach Will Dunman, who also is the high school varsity softball coach, has taken over leadership of the RCMS eighth-grade team, while Gary Ritter has command of the seventh grade girls.
Both teams opened their season Aug. 30 against Winslow. The seventh-graders played host and suffered a loss while the eighth-grade team traveled to Winslow where they won 5-3.
Danielle O'Haver got the win for Payson, pitching all five innings for the eighth-grade team.
"O'Haver forced a lot of ground balls, struck out two and allowed only four walks," Dunman said.
Catcher Hillary Armenta also looked strong behind the plate, as she picked off three runners attempting to steal second and third.
Lacy Meyers led Payson offense with a single and two walks. She was followed by Molly Agnes, O'Haver and Amber Mecham who all singled. Armenta showed her strength at the plate with a double and a walk.
Dunman's team will travel to a tournament at Blue Ridge tomorrow, Sept. 8, where they will open with play at 10:30 a.m. against the winner of the Show Low/St. Johns game. Payson was lucky enough to draw a bye in the first round and will advance to the championship game at 2 p.m., if the team wins its first game. A loss will see the team playing at 12:30 p.m. against the loser of the Blue Ridge/White River game.
The next home game for the eighth-graders is at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, against St. Johns on the high school field.