Prep softball games in which 17 runs are scored usually can be tabbed as sloppy, error filled clashes.
That old adage turned painfully true in the Lady Longhorns' 9-8 loss to the Camp Verde Cowboys.
In the non-region game played March 12 on the PHS diamond, the Lady Horns committed a whopping nine errors, several of them on dropped fly balls.
"If we don't make those errors, we win the game," coach Will Dunman said. "Especially since we had enough hits (15) to win."
The Lady Horns took early 3-2 and 4-3 leads, but the defensive miscues quickly took their toll on Lady Horn victory hopes.
For Payson, senior fire baller Candice Johnson started on the hill, but gave way to sophomore Mary Hagen who was saddled with the defeat.
The loss drops the Lady Horns to 5-5 on the year with the all-important East region season set to tip off today against the traditionally tough Show Low Cougars. Game time is 3:30 p.m. on PHS field.
Show Low (2-3-1), under coach Carl Nix, is off to a slow start this season, but the Cougars three losses and a tie were all to 4A and 5A big school powers during the Sunblast Tournament in the Valley.
Show Low's victories, however, have been against 2A Joseph City and Mogollon.
"I don't know much about them, but Show Low is always good and we have to be ready to play," Dunman said.
Regular season East action continues for the Lady Horns March 18 in Eagar Springerville against Round Valley.