Jayvee Off To Unblemished Start

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It's now spring break for students in the Payson Unified School District and most of the members of the sports teams are wallowing through a brief respite from the rigors of daily practices.

The Longhorn jayvee baseball team of coach Jerry Daniels faces five days of inactivity, riding high on the 2-0 record the team built in early season action.

The team could have been 3-0 had a season-opening game with Chino Valley March 2 been played. Due to a scheduling mix-up, it wasn't.

Varsity coach Teddy Pettet explained the problem. "They (Chino Valley) thought we were going there, and we thought they were coming here, so nobody went anywhere."

The disappointment of not playing didn't hamper the young Horns for long. On March 9, the team rebounded to nip homestanding Show Low 18-16, and two days later beat Sedona 18-10 in Payson.

In the win over Show Low, Tyler Pettet opened on the mound for the Longhorns and hurled six innings before giving way to Kacy Parker, who mopped up.

Tyler Pettet, Daniels said, "threw excellent ball."

The youngster, a sophomore who also sees some varsity duty, paced the jayvee offense with a 4-for-5 showing at the plate. He finished with two doubles, six RBIs and a stolen base.

Cory McRae was 2 for 5 and R.C. LaHaye 1 for 3, including an RBI.

In all, the team pounded out 11 hits but also benefited from 12 walks issued by Cougar pitchers.

In the win over Sedona, Joey Klein got the starting nod from Daniels and hurled three innings before giving way to LaHaye in relief. Tyler Pettet and Eddie Pritchard homered for the Horns.

The jayvees return to action at 3:30 p.m. March 23 in Payson against the Globe Tigers. The game will be played on the Rumsey II field.

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