When the Show Low and Payson softball teams get together on the diamond, a barnburner of monstrous proportions usually results.
Such was the case March 8 at Payson High School where the Cougars etched out a pulsating 15-14 win in a game earmarked by back and forth rallies.
Show Low got on the board first, scoring four runs on two hits and two walks in the first frame. In the bottom of the inning, the Lady Horns came roaring back with seven runs and five walks.
The big hit of the inning was a three-run homer by Taylor Petersen, who last year set a school home run record of 12. She was also a 3A East All-Region first team selection.
In innings two through six, the Cougars tacked on nine additional runs and Payson tallied one to give Show Low a 13-9 lead entering the seventh and final frame.
In the top of the inning, the Cougars scored two insurance runs on three singles and a sacrifice fly.
Trailing 15-9 in the bottom of the seventh, Megan Wessel, batting first, ignited a last gasp rally with a single.
Before the dust settled in the inning, Payson had scored five runs on five hits in a rally that came up just one run short.
Freshman pitcher Devann Runzo was saddled with the loss.
At the plate, Chrissy Heron was 2-for-4 with a single, double and a walk.
Nataine Black had two singles in four plate appearances.
Next up, the Lady Horns travel March 16 to St. Johns for a non-region game against the homestanding Redskins.
Also on the Payson agenda is the Gracie Lee Haught Classic to be played March 19 and 20 at Rumsey Park and on the high school field.
A field of 16 teams from around the state are committed to play in the Classic.