Zumbro Pitches Win Over Aj


The Lady Longhorn softball team will try to improve its record to 2-0 tomorrow (Wednesday) in Scottsdale against the Coronado Dons. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

The game was originally scheduled for March 4, but was postponed due to rain and a wet playing field at CHS.

Senior ace Brenna Zumbro (1-0) is slated to receive the pitching nod from coach Will Dunman.

Zumbro recorded her first win of the season March 2 with a complete game 11-3 victory over the Apache Junction Prospectors.

In seven innings of mound duty, Zumbro allowed four hits, struck out 11 and walked two.

Zumbro's teammates also afforded her the luxury of pitching with a good sized lead the entire seven frames. In the top of the first, the Lady Horn fireballer was staked to a 5-0 lead thanks to an aggressive offensive attack that produced six hits.

In the top of the second, the Lady Horns went up 9-0.

"I was really pleased with our hitting," Dunman said. "We had 16 hits in the game. I don't know if that's a record for us, but it has to be close."

Doubles by Doni Miotto and Jessica Coleman produced the Lady Horns' final two runs in the top of the seventh. Coleman led the Payson hit parade finishing 4-for-5 at the plate. Hillari Armenta had three hits in five trips to the plate and Morgan O'Haver was for 2-for-3.

In an unusual occurrence for a high school season-opener, not a single Lady Horn drew a base on balls.

"That's proof we were aggressively swinging the bat," Dunman said.

Following the Coronado clash, the team returns to action at noon March 19 in the Buckeye Invitational Softball Tournament. The Horns opener is against the Prescott Badgers. Also on Friday, the Lady Horns play St. Johns (3 p.m.), Maryvale (4:30 p.m. ) and Wickenburg (6 p.m.). The results of games played on Friday will be used to seed the 10 tournament teams into a double elimination clash the following day.

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