The hard-chargin' Longhorn baseball team lived up to its lofty fourth-place state ranking in a 14-6 drubbing of Central rival, Globe Tuesday on PHS diamond.
The 10th-ranked Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but after the brief cat flurry, it was all Horns.
Junior Bryan Zumbro, the ace on the Payson pitching staff, improved his record to 4-1,,going the distance on the hill, giving up nine hits and two walks. Relying mostly on fast balls and curves, he struck out 11.
Zumbro aided his own cause, stroking two doubles in three appearances at the plate.
While Zumbro was ably handling the pitching chores, the Horn offense continued to build on its legacy of being one of the best in the 3A conference.
The murderer's row onslaught against three Globe hurlers was led by Josh McRae, who was 4-for-5 including a double, triple and three RBIs.
Jeremy Reynolds pounded a home run during his 3-for-5 performance.
Senior catcher Marc Bennett was 2-for-3 with a circuit blast.
Brian Cork and Hunter Walden contributed two hits each.
Following the game, Horn coach Ted Pettet lauded his team. "This was a big win for us," he said. "Globe is a team that was predicted to finish ahead of us in the Central."
Next on the Horn agenda is Fountain Hills, another Central rival who's alive and well in the chase for a state playoff berth. Game time is 4 p.m. in Fountain Hills.
Fountain Hills is fresh off a 6-1 division victory over Coolidge. In other action Tuesday, top-ranked Cactus Shadows stayed unbeaten with a 19-4 triumph over Miami.
Lady Horns edged
In Globe, the Lady Longhorn softball team dropped a 10-9 decision to the Tigers. Despite the loss, assistant coach Cheri Brennen said it was a good game.
Monica Mendoza was the losing pitcher.