The Lady Longhorn softball team had a full day of diamond action Saturday, March 2.
The Horns traveled to Fountain Hills for a game at noon, then cheered on Arizona State University's softball team at 7 p.m. as they defeated Boston College, 9-0.
Payson scored nine runs of their own when they soundly beat Fountain Hills, 9-2. Fountain Hills pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the third inning as they struggled to hit against Payson's Rachel Ray.
Ray, a junior, threw 125 pitches in the seven-inning outing. She struck out 14 batters and allowed only five hits and two walks.
Senior Brandy Waugh proved to have the hot bat for the Horns with a single and an in-the-park home run for three RBIs in the second and fifth innings. Waugh drew a walk in the first inning and then scored along with teammates LeeAnne Owens and Rachel Ray on an errant overthrow by FH's catcher.
In the top of the second inning, Payson scored three additional runs with eight of Payson's batters stepping to the plate. Junior Trista Carlton led off the inning with a single to right field. She was followed by freshman Ricki Ray, who layed down a bunt to sacrifice Carlton to second base. Owens then reached on an error by the third baseman which scored Carlton and had Owens standing up at third base. The left-handed hitter Waugh came to the plate and laid down a bunt for a single that scored Owens.
Rachel Ray came to the plate and sat on four pitches while Waugh stole second. Ray singled and stole second when Brooke McRae worked the pitcher for a free pass to first base. Brenna Zumbro grounded out to the shortstop, however, scored Waugh from third base.
The Horns were hitless in the third inning, but rallied for two more runs in the fourth on a double by Zumbro which scored Rachel Ray who had reached base on an error. Zumbro captured third base on a wild pitch and scored when Doni Miotto hit into a fielder's choice which FH did not make a play on.
In the top of the fifth inning, Waugh's home run was the only hit and score of the inning. She blasted a line drive over third base sending the left fielder running for the ball as it traveled deep into the corner of the field. The FH defensive relay was no match for Waugh's speed around the bases.
FH was not the only team to be defeated by Payson during their opening week of play. Payson hosted Heber Feb. 28 and spanked them 12-5.
Payson's varsity and junior varsity will have a three-game home stint this week facing Alchesay today (March 5) at 3:30 p.m., St. Johns Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and Phoenix Christian Saturday at 1 p.m.