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Payson catcher Taylor Petersen (right) and the Lady Longhorns were the host team of the Gracie Haught Classic softball tournament last weekend. The teams and spectactors in town for the tourney gave the local economy a welcome boost.

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Softball tournament hits a home run

300 players and 1,000 spectators give local economy a big boost

The struggling Payson economy received a welcome boost and more than 300 teenage girls enjoyed the thrill of a lifetime and perhaps 1,000 spectators sampled the charms of Payson at the hugely successful 8th Annual Gracie Haught Classic softball tournament played March 16 and 17 at Rumsey Park and Payson High School. “It was much more than sports,” said tournament director and co-founder Charlene Brown. “It was a chance to show off our town, celebrate a little girl’s life and enjoy two full days of fun and camaraderie.”


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