Lady Horn Pitcher Named All-State Outfielder


In one of the oddest selections in recent all-star voting, Payson High School junior Brenna Zumbro was named as an outfielder to the All-State Softball Small Schools second team.

While the selection is an honor for Zumbro, she has no idea why she was chosen as an outfielder.

"I only played in the outfield once last season and it was just for a few innings," she said.

Most of the past two seasons, Zumbro has been one of two front line Lady Longhorn pitchers. The other, senior Rachel Ray, was named to the all-state honorable mention team.

When Zumbro didn't draw the starting pitching assignment from Payson High School coach Will Dunman, she held down the third base position.

At the hot corner, she rapidly built a reputation as one of the steadiest defenders in the region.

As a hurler, she compiled a 13-4 record with 143 strike outs and a sub 1.00 ERA. Offensively, she led the team in hitting with a .300-plus batting average.

The all-state teams were dominated by representatives of state champion Chandler Seton.

The first team sported four Seton players and the second team featured one.

The East did not have a first team all-state player. Only Becky Reynolds (Snowflake) and Zumbro were on the second team.

Show Low's Courtney Nix, however, was named the Small School Player of the Year.

In addition to the all-state honors, both Zumbro and Ray were recently named to the All-East region first team.

As a graduated senior, Ray has been selected to participate this summer in the Arizona Coaches Association All-Star game.

Currently, Zumbro is pitching for the Peoria-based Xplosion 18-years-and-under fast pitch team that recently returned from a California tournament.

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