A pair of solid pitching performances has lifted the Payson High School softball and baseball teams to early season victories.
Monday afternoon, Ashton Shewey hurled the Longhorns to a 9-3 East region victory over the visiting Snowflake Lobos.
Also Monday, Brenna Zumbro's fireball offerings propelled the Lady Longhorns past Gilbert Desert Ridge 9-0.
Both pitchers stats were equally impressive.
In seven innings on the hill, Shewey struck out a season-high 13 opposing batters. During his stint, he gave up only two hits and two walks.
"He pitched seven strong innings," coach Teddy Pettet said. "It was an outstanding performance."
The Lobos only runs against Shewey were scored in the second, sixth and seventh innings.
The final run, which was unearned, was scored as a result of three Longhorn errors.
In the second frame, the Lobos tallied on a double, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. As the leadoff hitter in the sixth inning, Porter Caldwell, a Lobo standout in football and basketball, touched Shewey for a solo home run.
For the Longhorns, Travis Sanders, Waylon Pettet and Manny Arguello had two hits each. Senior Mike Hanson's pinch hit, three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth was the icing on the cake. Nate Perna, Ricky Young, Taylor Walden and Shewey all contributed one hit each.
The Longhorns return to action at 3:30 p.m. today (Friday) in Holbrook against the Roadrunners.
Softball squad skunks Gilbert
Zumbro improved her season credentials to 4-1-1 by turning in a no-hitter in which she struck out 11 and walked one.
Offensively, the Lady Horns backed Zumbro's effort with an eight-hit attack.
The big blow of the game occurred in the fifth inning when sophomore Tanya Davis blasted an inside-the-park three-run homer over the Gilbert right fielder's outstretched glove.
Rikki Ray, Jessica Coleman and Doni Miotto contributed triples in the Longhorn attack.
The softball team traveled yesterday (Thursday) to Kingman for the three-day Bulldog Invitational tournament.