The Kingman Pepsi/Albertson Invitational Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament will afford the Lady Longhorns (7-4) the opportunity to put their skills to the test against teams and players they have never played before.
Most of the 20 teams in the tournament are from Nevada, Tucson, and the Colorado River valley.
Payson opens the double-elimination fray at 12:30 p.m. on field 4 of Kingman's Centennial Park. In the opener, the Lady Horns are pitted against Cienega. The start times of all remaining games will depend on if the Lady Horns win or lose. If the Lady Horns defeat Cienega in the opener, they would play again at 3:30 p.m. the same day on field 6. Their opponent would be either Amman Memorial, Chaparral or Lake Havasu.
If the Lady Horns lose the opener, they would play at 3:30 p.m. on field 3 against another first-round loser. The championship game is slated for 3 p.m. March 27 on field 2.
In the Lady Horns final tune-up before the tournament -- a 9-2 win over the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets March 17 on PHS field-- senior pitcher Brenna Zumbro picked up her seventh win of the season against one loss.
In addition to hurling the victory, she contributed two singles to Payson's 12 attack.
Jadyn Walden, Hilary Armenta and Molly Agnes had two singles.
Doni Miotto swatted a double and a single and Morgan O'Haver spanked a triple. Jessica Coleman, who has been on a hitting tear lately, had a single.
Zumbro held the Yellow Jackets to just four hits and single runs in the top of the second and fifth frames.
Payson erased Blue Ridge's early lead, scoring three runs in the fourth. The team tacked on an insurance tally in the fifth and wrapped up the game by scoring five runs in the sixth.
A non-region game originally scheduled for 3:30 p.m. March 19 on PHS field against Show Low has been rescheduled for the same time March 29.
According to coach Will Dunman, Show Low officials had to postpone the game because a last-minute schedule conflict arose.