Participation in the Arizona Prep Summer League was just the shot in the arm the Payson High program needed, Longhorn coach Teddy Pettet said.
"It was a good season," the coach said. "It gave our younger kids lots of experience and was a great chance to teach fundamentals."
The league featured games twice a week, with teams from Payson, Fountain Hills, Phoenix Christian, Scottsdale Saguaro.
Summer games didn't feature the intensity of a regular season varsity prep showdowns, but the league allowed the younger athletes to compete at a level they don't normally see.
Although the summer roster included most young players, there were a handful of varsity letter-winners on hand to provide leadership. Among the veterans were Ky Bradley and Waylon Pettet.
During summer play, coach Pettet had the opportunity to try both Bradley and Waylon at the shortstop position that was vacated last month by the graduation of Scotty Garduno.
Now that summer play has wrapped up, many of the players will put their baseball aspirations on hold to focus on fall sports action that begins Aug. 6 with preseason practices.