Lady Horns Struggle Through Gracie Haught Tournament

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The Lady Horns struggled mightily in the Gracie Haught Memorial Tournament over the weekend, only winning one game of six.

"It was a tumultuous weekend for the kids with changes and things on their minds," new head coach Will Dunman said. "It was rough for the girls and the program."

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PHS second baseman Hannah Palandri stretches to tag a runner in the first day of tournament play.

The only victory of the tournament came against Desert Edge, 3-2, in consolation bracket play.

The Lady Horns were winless in pool play and couldn't find their offense throughout the tournament. They fell to Mingus, 4-0, got outplayed by Snowflake, 5-2 -- a team they've already beat previously this season -- and were blanketed by Florence, 4-0.

"We didn't play that well," Dunman said. "Under the circumstances, I'd say mentally, (the coaching change) would be part of it."

In bracket play on Saturday, PHS was edged by Queen Creek, 3-2.

In the consolation bracket, the Lady Horns dropped their second game of the tournament to Snowflake, 6-1.

"We're going to move forward," Dunman said. "I've got a good group of girls here. We're just going to keep working on the basics to be prepared for the rest of the year."

The Lady Horns hope to straighten things out before Friday's game against the Camp Verde Cowboys, which, due to a scheduling mishap, may be at Camp Verde High School instead of Payson High School.

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