Brooke McRae and Britney Boyes were the standout power hitters for the Lady Longhorns in their 4-1 win over Snowflake Friday, April 12.
Payson's offense combined for eight hits versus Snowflake's three. Brenna Zumbro was on the mound for the Lady Horns and threw an outstanding game with five strikeouts and forced 16 batters to ground out or pop up on the infield.
Snowflake's only run came in the top of the seventh when their clean-up hitter smacked a hard line drive down the left-field line and then scored on a fielder's choice.
Payson scored one run in the second inning when McRae singled to right field and eventually scored with two outs on a base hit by Laura Crabtree.
Three runs were added to Payson's tally in the third inning. Payson rallied with two outs on singles by Brandi Waugh, Trista Carlton and a fielder's choice by McRae. Waugh was forced out at third, leaving Carlton at second base and McRae at first. Third baseman Boyes hit a triple scoring Carlton and McRae and then came home after an errant throw by Snowflake. Doni Miotto singled in the third and stole second base, but got picked off after trying to take third.
Payson remains tied with Show Low for first place in the region.
Payson beats Holbrook, 7-1
The following morning, Saturday, April 13, Payson hosted Holbrook for their last home game of the season.
The Lady Horns were sluggish at the plate. They scored a total of seven runs off three hits and an equal number of walks issued by Holbrook's pitcher.
Payson also capitalized on three infield errors.
Rachel Ray was scheduled to pitch, however, was suffering from back spasms which put Zumbro back on the mound. Zumbro struck out eight Holbrook batters, catching three looking at third strikes. The remainder of Holbrook's offense took turns returning to their dugout after grounding out to the infield or flying out to left field.
Holbrook's only run came in the top of the third inning when their No. 9 batter bunted to the right side of the diamond and reached first on an error. The run scored following another infield error and a wild throw by Payson's right fielder.
With no outs, one run in and one in scoring position, Payson's offense settled down and sat the heart of Holbrook's battery down on a strike out, and two hits on the infield that were fielded cleanly.
Payson's 7-1 win over Holbrook will set the pace for their trip to Round Valley, today, Tuesday, April 16. The Payson diamond crew will then travel to Page on Thursday for a two-day tournament starting on Friday sponsored by Jack-In-The-Box.
JVs also on winning streak
Payson's junior varsity softball team took the field against Holbrook's JV team after watching their varsity mentors win.
The JV girls had 14 hits for 14 runs in the rout over Holbrook which managed seven runs off four hits.
Jessica Coleman, a sophomore, not only got the win for her team, allowing only three hits and striking out five offensive opponents, she was three-for-four at the plate with two singles, one triple and three runs batted in.
Morgan O'Haver took the mound in the sixth and seventh inning for the save with four strikeouts while allowing one walk and one hit.
Payson scored four runs in the first, three in the second, five in the fourth and two in the sixth.
Lead-off hitter Krista LaHaye and clean-up batter Danielle Haynes each had three singles. Haynes' hits combined for three runs batted in.
Right fielder, Katie Plumb, also had a good day at the plate with two singles, a double and two RBIs. Jilleen Jones, struggled at the plate until the fourth inning, when she hit a line drive over the head of Holbrook's right fielder for an in-the-park home run and two RBIs.
The JV squad will be on the road this week, with the freshmen to Bourgade for a game Monday, four sophomores being pulled in for a JV game against Round Valley Tuesday, and split a third time this week when the freshmen play Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff.