May 8, 2012
The Lady Longhorns’ normally almost unhittable pitcher, Arianna Paulson (left), struggled for six innings against Mingus, giving up two home runs and walking four of the opposing batters. But when the team rallied from a 7-0 pit to a tie score and extra innings, Paulson settled in and shut down the Marauders.
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Lady Horns rally for seven runs in bottom of seventh in storybook championship run
Trailing 7-0 in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, the dreams of Payson High’s first state softball championship were slipping. But then miraculously, the never-say-die Lady Longhorns staged one of the most amazing rallies ever witnessed in prep softball to edge a gutsy Mingus Marauder team 8-7. The win advances the Lady Horns to the final weekend of playoff games this Friday and Saturday — when the best softball team in Payson history must defeat two undefeated powerhouses on consecutive days to win the state championship.