Lady Horns Softball Team Opens Season With Promise

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Candice Johnson was named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the Wickenburg Tournament.

The Lady Longhorn softball coach is confident after watching the team in a 9-0 blowout at the Wickenburg Tournament over the weekend.

It was an encouraging opening to this year's season.

The Horns returned five starters from last season, who Coach Curtis Johnson calls "as strong as any in the 3A East Conference."

Johnson said that success of the season will depend greatly on the performances of new players Beth Hoyt, Annie Klemstine and Skye McNeeley.

"They have been working hard in practice and showed great potential during the tournament," he said. "I'm pleased with the team's start at the Wickenburg Tournament."

The Lady Longhorn softball team saw some stellar performances and snagged some important victories in the Wickenburg Tournament, including drawing a tie with defending 3A state champion Santa Cruz, 4-4.

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A fly ball just eludes the mitt of Lady Longhorn catcher Sarah Cadd.

The Horns finished seventh out of 16 teams and had an overall tournament record of three wins, two losses and two ties.

Junior Candice Johnson was named to the all-tournament team after batting .485 and pitching in four games. She pitched four innings against a tough Santa Cruz, striking out seven and only giving up one earned run.

Junior Sarah Cadd hit two home runs and knocked in 14 RBIs and senior pitcher Tiffany Klemstine picked up two wins for the Lady Horns.

The Lady Longhorn softball team will travel to take on Fountain Hills today for a 4 p.m. non-conference matchup.

On Friday, the team will play an important conference game against Snowflake at 3:30 p.m. in a home opener. And, on Saturday, the Horns will travel to Estrella Foothills to battle the Wolves in a non-conference doubleheader.

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