After a weekend on the road, the Payson High School softball and baseball teams returned to the Rim country with mixed results.
Competing in the Kingman Invitational against several "big school" powers from Arizona and Nevada, the Lady Longhorns compiled a 3-2 record. The team now sports 12-4-1 credentials (1-0 in the East).
The Lady Horns opened the three-day fray losing a 1-0 decision to Las Vegas (Nev.) High School. Starting hurler Rachel Ray absorbed the loss despite giving up just two hits.
Following the disheartening loss, the team rebounded in the second round to defeat Las Vegas Chaparral 1-0. Brenna Zumbro's one-hit pitching keyed the victory.
In a 3-0 third-round win over Tucson Sahuarita, Zumbro picked up her second win of the tournament pitching in relief of Ray.
Battling Durango Las Vegas, the Lady Horns came up on the short end of a 3-2 decision. The game was shortened to four innings on the time limit rule.
In the final game of the tournament, the Lady Horns beat Flagstaff Sinagua. During the 8-1 triumph, the Payson bats finally came alive after struggling most of the tournament. Offensively, Zumbro's inside-the-park home run and Rikki Ray's two-run single were the big hits of the game.
The Lady Longhorns return to action at 4 p.m. (today) Tuesday on PHS diamond against the Round Valley Elks.
The Longhorn baseball squad had a much easier time, pounding the homestanding Holbrook Roadrunners 19-3. The win improved the team's record to 10-4 overall (1-0 in the East).
For coach Teddy Pettet's baseball crew, the outcome of the game was never in doubt. Payson scored 11 runs in the first three innings.
Senior Jeremy Heairet was the starting pitcher and was awarded the victory after hurling two strong innings.
During his stint on the hill, Heairet gave up one hit and struck out three. Jon Beeson and Ricky Young pitched in relief.
Nate Perna and Waylon Pettet spearheaded the Longhorn 14-hit attack. Both had three hits and three runs scored.
The Longhorn baseball team hosts the Elks at 4 p.m. Tuesday (today) on the PHS baseball field.