Joshua Morrison/News Chloe Joyner of Payne’s Heating and Cooling rips a single down the first base line during Tuesday’s softball game against Benchmark Cabinets. Payne’s won, 13-8.
Joshua Morrison/News Payne’s Heating and Cooling’s Maddy Cotsamier slides into home plate but Jordyn Sigman of Benchmark Cabinets makes the tag during Tuesday night’s game at Memorial Park. Payne’s won, 13-8.


MOUNT VERNON — Payne’s Heating and Cooling 16u softball team showed up at Memorial Park on Tuesday night not even knowing if it could play a game. With only seven players, the girls persevered and hustled their way to a 13-8 win over Benchmark Cabinets.

Payne’s Heating & Cooling Coach John Hocott explained how the girls were able to pull off the win under such circumstances.

“The girls came in knowing they were the underdog, they backed each other up and played to have fun,” he said.

After an inning of play, Benchmark Cabinets was up 1-0, but momentum started to sway sides in the second. Halee Shaw was able to bunt a ball for an RBI along with beating out the throw to first, as Hailey Joyner swiftly stole home. By the time the second inning was over, Payne’s Heating & Cooling put together six runs.


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