An 11-7 victory over the homestanding Apache Junction Prospectors has the Lady Longhorns off and running toward a winning campaign.
In the season opening victory March 1, Morgan O'Haver finally received the opportunity to take over as a front line pitcher after toiling behind ex-Lady Horn star Brenna Zumbro the past two seasons.
In hurling five complete innings, O'Haver was credited with the victory, giving up six hits and striking out four.
Freshman Candyce Johnson relieved in the bottom of the sixth and pitched two full innings allowing four hits, one of which was an over the fence home run. Johnson struck out two.
Offensively, the Lady Horns were led by Katie Plumb and Hillari Armenta. Both had two singles and a walk in the Lady Horns 11-hit attack.
After falling behind 1-0 early, the Lady Horns took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second inning.
The turning point, however, might have been the fourth when Payson scored five runs to assume a lead the team never relinquished. In the onslaught, coach Will Dunman called upon his "short game" that centers around bunts, slap hits and base steeling. During the frame, the Lady Horns sent 11 batters to the plate, pounded out three singles, drew two walks and helped create two AJ errors.
The Lady Horns returned to the diamond March 3 against the Coronado Dons in Scottsdale (Results not available at press time).
Also on the schedule, is an appearance in the Buckeye tournament that begins today and wraps up Saturday.
The Lady Longhorn freshmen, coached by former PHS star Trista Carlton, open the season today in Heber against the Mogollon Mustangs. A doubleheader will be played at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The junior varsity, coached by PHS Spanish teacher and former Flagstaff High School athletic director Bill Bowling, hosted Coronado yesterday. The jayvees return to action March 16 against Blue Ridge in Lakeside. Game time is 3:30 p.m.