Lady Horns Blank Chinle, 14-0

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The Lady Longhorn softball team added one more win to its credit Tuesday with a crushing defeat over Chinle, 14-0.

The win brings the Lady Horns' record to 14-3 overall. In conference play, the girls are 3-0, having beat Snowflake, Alchesay and Round Valley.

Tuesday's game against Chinle turned into a slugfest for Payson when the Lady Horns combined for 12 hits in four-and-a-half innings.

Brenna Zumbro struck out six batters, walked one and sent one to first after her fastball hit Chinle's designated hitter on the hip.

"Brenna shut them down," Coach Will Dunman said. "She pitched hard and never let up. I was impressed with her performance on the mound."

Chinle's only other batter to reach base was their clean-up hitter, Lindsey Brown, who muscled a base hit to left field. However, she was cut down at second on a force play when Payson's center fielder, Doni Miotto, fielded a would-be base hit up the middle by Chinle's catcher, Matilda Montoya, and gunned the ball to second for the force on Brown.

Junior outfielder Laura Crabtree had the "hot bat" for Payson with two singles, a double and two RBIs.

"She was possessed," Dunman said. "Laura has worked real hard in practice ... Coach Tenney and I are impressed with her hitting and heads-up base running."

Britney Boyes followed with two doubles to left field that drove in three runs. Second baseman Jennifer Plumb had a perfect outing at the plate when she blasted a hit to center field for a double that scored teammates Crabtree and Boyes. She reached first base in the first and second innings after being hit by a pitch and drawing a walk.

Payson's powerhouse hitter, Brooke McRae, was taken out of the game in the first inning after she tripled to drive in two runs, however, she sprained her left ankle with an undecided slide into third base.

Coach Dunman said McRae will have more than a week to heal since he probably won't risk putting her back in the lineup for the Alchesay game April 2 in the White Mountains. However, he has his fingers crossed that she will be ready April 5 when the Lady Horns host Blue Ridge.

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