Ef Pounds Lady Horns In First Round


It was one and out for the Lady Longhorn softball team in the Class 3A state tournament.

Playing in the first round of the 16-team shootout on May 7 at Rose Mofford Field in Phoenix, Payson was eliminated by a 12-2 loss to Estrella Foothills.

The defeat didn’t send shock waves through the state softball community, mostly because Payson entered the tournament a lowly 15th seed, while Estrella represented a No. 2 seed and the West division champion.

EF proved they were legitimate state title contenders by advancing to the final four with a 6-1 second-round win over No. 10 Florence.

Estrella will play No. 6 Show Low on May 14. In the other semifinal bracket, defending state champion and No. 1 Winslow plays No. 5 Santa Cruz also on May 14.

All that’s left for Lady Longhorn players is to await the announcement of which players will be selected to the All-East team and those seniors chosen to play in the coaches association’s annual North vs. South All-Star game.


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