Chase To State Glory Ends In First Round

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The Lady Longhorns' quest to earn Payson High School's first state softball championship came to a screeching halt Friday morning at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix.

There, a 6-2 first-round state tournament loss to the Safford Bulldogs eliminated Payson from further play.

According to Lady Longhorn scorekeeper, Charlene Hunt, errors led to the demise of the team.

"We just committed too many (errors); we didn't play our best," she said.

Rachel Ray drew the starting pitching assignment and pitched well, but even her speedy offerings couldn't make up for the miscues in the field, Hunt said

The Lady Horns entered the state tournament as the East region's No. 2 seed. Safford represented the South's No. 3 finisher.

In other state tournament action involving East teams, Blue Ridge lost to defending champion Seton Catholic 5-0 and Snowflake dropped a 4-2 decision to Sahuarita.

The only East team to advance past the first round was East champion Show Low. The Cougars earned a spot in the second round by beating Winslow 6-1.

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