Payson Fends Off Holbrook

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The Payson High School softball team squeaked out a 6-5 victory against Holbrook on Tuesday, capped off by an impressive catch by Annie Klemstine for the final out.

The Lady Horns jumped out to a six-run lead by the third inning, coach Curtis Johnson said. But with windy conditions and a change in pitching for the Roadrunners, the Lady Horns' offense seemed to hit a wall.

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Sarah Cadd blasts the ball, going two for three, in the Longhorns' 14-0 win Wednesday against Alchesay. The Longhorns earned the mercy rule in the fifth inning.

They allowed five Roadrunners to safely cross the plate by the final inning. With two outs for the Roadrunners, and the tying run on second base, a liner to center field was snagged by Klemstine, ending the game.

"I'd give the game ball to Annie Klemstine for her catch," Johnson said. "It really was a dramatic way to end the game."

Candice Johnson started the game for the Longhorns and Tiffany Klemstine came on in the fifth to relieve her.

Johnson's bat was hot. She went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Tamara Crabdree added an RBI for the Lady Horns, going 2-for-4 in the game.

The Lady Horns look to improve their record in a non-conference game against Globe at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Globe.

"We're just trying to improve with each game and get the younger players some more experience," Johnson said.

A critical home game against Blue Ridge follows on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Johnson said that the game serves as a major challenge for the Longhorns because Blue Ridge is one of the better region opponents they'll face all year.

"It's very important that we play well next Thursday to obtain our quest for the 3A East Region title," Johnson said.

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