Mary Hagen’s solid pitching and Chrissy Heron’s speed on the base paths lifted the Lady Longhorns to a 1-0 season-opening win over the Holbrook Roadrunners.
In the non-region clash played March 3 on PHS softball field, Hagen shut out the Runners hurling six complete innings. The fireballing right-hander was at her best in the late going sitting Roadrunner batters down 1-2-3 in the final three frames.
The only hit Hagen allowed was a single to the first batter of the game.
While Hagen was dominating on the mound, Heron was providing the single run that proved to be the difference in the clash.
In the bottom of the fifth, with the game locked in a scoreless tie, Heron started off the inning with a walk.
She advanced on a stolen base and was able to score when the Holbrook shortstop dropped and then kicked a routine fly ball.
For the game, four of the PHS players who saw action did so with just one day of practice. All were members of the Lady Longhorn basketball team that played in the state tournament until being eliminated Feb. 28 by a loss to Monument Valley.
Among the ex-basketball players was senior Cydney Figueroa who didn’t appear — at least defensively — to be affected by the lack of practice.
Figueroa entered the game at shortstop in the top of the fifth inning and promptly recorded three consecutive outs.
The Lady Horns return to action today, March 6, in the Wickenburg Invitational Tournament.
The fray wraps up tomorrow.
The highlight of the home season will be the Gracie Haught Tournament on March 20 and 21 and the annual team and fans barbecue on May 1 during an East game against Snowflake.