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Ari Paulson (left) celebrates another no-hitter with her teammates, after the Miami Lady Vandals game, played in Miami, Thursday, April 12. Leading off the cheers is catcher Taylor Petersen (right). The Lady Longhorns face Salt River at 4 p.m. today at Payson High School softball field.

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Knocking on the state door

“A win is a win is a win,” an obviously relieved Lady Longhorn softball coach Will Dunman lamented after watching his team squeak by in what was expected to be an outmanned Miami Vandal nine. Although the Lady Longhorns, now 23-3, are accustomed to winning games by much larger margins — sometimes run ruling opponents — the clash on April 12 against the Vandals in Miami turned into a seven-inning barnburner almost no one expected. The Lady Horns received the usual standout pitching from Arianna Paulson, who struck out 18 in a no-hitter, but PHS batters couldn’t generate the offense needed for a runaway win.


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