A 10-0 loss to the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets dropped the Lady Longhorn softball team into the East Region cellar with an 0-3 record.
Alchesay shares the bottom slot also at 0-3.
The two teams met yesterday, April 9, with the survivor moving up in the standings (Results not available at press time).
In Payson’s loss to BR, Mary Hagen got the start on the hill and went the entire six innings before the game was called on the mercy rule.
Coach Will Dunman said his charges played well in the early going, “It was 0-0 through the first three innings and we were were playing tough and heads up.”
Entering the top of the fifth, Blue Ridge held a slim 3-0 lead.
“We were still in it and mentally focused,” Dunman said.
But in the final two innings, the wheels came off the Lady Horn wagon as the Jackets scored enough to salt the game away.
“On one play that allowed them to score, a ball got past our outfielder,” Dunman said.
The coach attributed the loss, in part, to a lack of offense.
“We didn’t make good contact,” he said. “We just weren’t hitting the ball like we are capable of.”
Around the East, Snowflake appears to be the class of the region with an 8-1 record, 15-5 overall.
On April 7, the Lobos pounded Show Low 10-3 leaving little doubt which archrival was the finer team.
The Yellow Jackets have also shown well, posting a 6-1 record, 9-5 on the season.
The good news for the Lady Horns in their quest for a top-four region berth and a seed into the state tournament is that the other three region teams are struggling, none with winning records.
In power points, which will be used to seed the 16 top 3A teams into the state tournament, the Lady Horns are ranked 15th with 43.5 points.
Estrella Foothills has 75.5 points and is first.