The eyes of the Longhorn jayvee softball players are focused on April 20 and a rematch against the only team to whip the Rim country diamond ladies this season.
On that day at 4 p.m. in Rumsey Park, the Horns will try to avenge a 2-1 loss to the Snowflake Lobos that took place March 24 in Snowflake.
With 7-1 credentials and five victories on the 10-run rule, the Lady Horns have steamrolled every opponent this season, with the exception of the rough-and-tumble Lobos.
In a pair of outings played last week at Rumsey, the jayvees clobbered both Show Low 18-8 and Sedona 18-7.
Against Show Low, the young Horns came out swinging scoring six runs in the bottom of the first to take a 6-2 lead which they never relinquished.
The red-hot offense was paced by sophomores Jennifer Plumb and Brandi Waugh who both swatted four singles in five trips to the plate.
One of Waugh's singles, a nicely executed bunt, turned into a quick tally when a befuddled Cougar defense continued to over-throw bases after bobbling the originally fielding attempt.
"It was their mistakes and good heads-up base-running by Brandi," coach Cheri Brennen said.
A bunt turning into a round-trip ticket could only happen in jayvee ball.
Ashley Grubbs contributed her fair share to the Payson cause, pounding out two singles and a double. Trista Carlton lit up the scoreboard with a home run.
Defensively, Brennen said, "we had some mental mistakes, but overall they did a great job."
A highlight of the team's defensive play was the successful thwarting of a double steal attempt.
In the top of the second, with runners at first and third, the Show Low coaching staff tried to pull off one of the oldest ploys in softball by having the runner at first steal and try to draw a throw from the catcher. If the play works, the runner from third breaks for home on the catcher's throw to second.
The Horns thwarted the play when catcher Falicia Klemstine threw across the diamond to shortstop Brooke McRae. Seeing the throw leave the catcher's mitt, the SL runner at third set sail for home.
But McRae alertly returned Klemstine's throw to home nipping the surprised runner by a full step.
The coach called the successful execution a pretty play. "We have used that (play) quite frequently and the girls are doing it better each time," she said.
In the win over Sedona, the Lady Horns fell behind 5-1 in the first inning but roared back with six runs in the fourth and seven in the fifth inning to nail down the "W."
"We started slow but came to life," Brennan said.
Crucial hits in the fifth inning uprising were supplied by Morgan Boyes and Laura Crabtree.
In addition to the upcoming game against Snowflake, the Horns have a date with the Holbrook Roadrunners at 4 p.m April 18 in Holbrook. April 25 the team travels to Lakeside for a 4 p.m. match against the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets.