The Lady Longhorns’ softball season didn’t end as most had hoped, but that didn’t dampen assistant coach Kadi Tenney’s enthusiasm.
“We had a great season, unfortunately, it wasn’t our night,” she said.
She did lament, however, “it was hard to have it end like that.”
The coach was referring to Payson’s 12-2 loss to Estrella Foothills in the opening round of the 3A state tournament.
The loss was incurred May 7 at Rose Mofford Field in Phoenix.
The Lady Horns entered the fray as a No. 15 seed representing the East Region. Estrella opened as a No. 2 seed and the West champion.
Offensively, Payson could muster but four hits, one of which was a line drive double to left field by Cami Barnett.
Rylee Halenar, Mary Hagen and Megan Wessel had singles.
Pinch runner Katelyn Curtis scored Payson’s first run on Barnett’s two-bagger. Curtis was running for Hagen who got aboard on an infield error.
Summer Kelley, also a pinch runner, scored the second run on a passed ball. Kelley was running for Kyle Sanders who had earlier walked. Kelley advanced into scoring position on a bunt by Halenar and a walk to Kaitlyn Wessel.
Powerful Estrella had 11 hits, six of which were doubles and five singles.
The Lady Horns now wait for the naming of the East Region and all-state teams.
PHS is expected to have players chosen on both.
Also, seniors are eligible to be chosen for the coaches association North vs. South All-Star game that will be played his summer.
Tenney and head coach Will Dunman said they would not announce the individuals who earned postseason honors until a later date.