The Lady Longhorns’ season-long quest to win Payson’s first state softball championship continues at 5:30 p.m. today at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix where PHS takes on a Bourgade Catholic team (30-3) anchored by a pitcher touted to be the equal of Payson ace Arianna Paulson.
The BC hurler, senior Jackie Aguilar, has racked up pitching credentials almost as impressive as Paulson’s.
She is 21-3 and sports a miniscule .50 ERA that includes giving up just 10 earned runs and 65 hits all season long.
She’s also struck out 293 batters and is a master of control, having walked just seven opposing batters.
Most who have faced her have had trouble hitting with power as evidenced by the fact she has given up just one home run this season.
Paulson has amassed similar mound credentials, which means the outcome of today’s Division III state semifinal game will most likely depend on which team’s hitters can disrupt the opposing pitcher, whether it is by bases on balls, base hits or errors.
If the Lady Horns (29-3) win today, they advance to the state championship gold medal showdown at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rose Mofford against the winner of a final-four game pitting Estrella Foothills against the Winslow Lady Bulldogs.