Rowdy Flames Turn Up The Heat On Valley Competition

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The Wildfire 14-years-and-under girls fast-pitch softball team continues to improve with each tournament outing.

At the Cinco de Mayo tournament played at the Papago Sports Complex in Scottsdale, the crew played its way to a 5-2 record and a runner-up showing.

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The Payson Wildfire fast-pitch softball team finished with a second-place showing at the Cinco de Mayo tournament played in Scottsdale. Members of the Wildfire include (back row, from left) Jose Figueroa, Hannah Armenta, Annie Klemstine, Aubrey Laird, Sarah Cadd, Audrey Workmen, Kaitlyn Barnes, Eddie Harrison, Sarah Byrnes; (front, from left) Christina Deaton, Cydney Figueroa, Candice Johnson and Brittany McDaniel.

In the championship clash, the Wildfire pushed eventual tournament champion Scorpio into extra innings before dropping a heartbreaking 2-1 decision.

The Rim team, which has on its roster three Phoenix-area players and several Rim Country Middle School students, opened with an 8-3 victory over the Roadrunners. After losing 8-0 to the Storm, the Wildfire rebounded to whip the Silver Bullets, 2-1, Lil Saints, 14-5, and East Valley Pride, 6-2. The trio of victories propelled the Wildfire into the championship showdown.

The Wildfire team coaches are Curtis Johnson and Will Dunman.

For more information call Johnson, 928-472-4524, or Dunman 928-472-2266.

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