March 20, 2012
Lady Longhorn Kaitlyn Wessel hits home plate while the catcher seems to be otherwise engaged during the Gracie Lee Haught Classic played March 16 and 17.
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After opening the Gracie Haught Classic softball tournament 4-0, fatigue spelled the demise of the Lady Longhorn softball players as they dropped back-to-back nail-biters to fall out of contention for the invitational crown. “We were tired — fatigue got the best of us,” said PHS assistant coach Kadie Tenney. The Classic, which drew 20 teams to Payson, was played March 16 and 17 on five fields at Rumsey Park and on Lady Longhorn diamond. Probably the most gut-wrenching of the two PHS defeats was a 1-0 loss to eventual tournament champion Estrella Foothills in the Lady Horns’ final game of the Classic. After the two teams battled tooth and nail to a scoreless deadlock, Estrella scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth and final inning.