Tuesday's baseball and softball clashes against Alchesay quickly turned into golden opportunities for the Longhorns to pad their early season statistics.
On the Payson High School fields, the Lady Longhorns ran roughshod, 14-0, over the visiting Falcons. The baseball team was equally as impressive in a 13-2 thumping of Alchesay.
Both games were called at the end of five full innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Only minutes after the games ended, low clouds in swelling Rim country skies unleashed downpours that doused both fields.
"We got 'em over just in time," baseball coach Teddy Pettet said.
In the Lady Longhorns win, sophomore fireballer Rachel Ray received the starting nod and responded with three innings of no-hit ball. During her stint on the mound, Ray walked three and struck out five. Senior Tiffany Lubken relieved and kept the no-hitter intact during her two innings.
Defensively, the Lady Horns were only one miscue away from turning in an error-free game.
On offense, Brandi Waugh finished two-for-two and scored four runs. Among her contributions were a home run and single.
Jennifer McRae swatted two singles, Trista Carlton rippled a triple and ReaAnn Burba chalked up a nicely executed "slap" base hit. The hit is an extended version of a bunt that is a part of most every successful team's arsenal.
Boys win big too
In playing their way to the 11-run victory, the Horns turned in a feat not often accomplished in early season prep encounters an error-free game.
With their defense functioning like a well-tuned BMW, all the Horns needed for a "W" was decent pitching and a few base knocks.
The hurling came from the foursome of Tyler Pettet, Eddie Pritchard, Mike Doss, and Ky Bradley.
Pettet, the coach's son, started on the hill, but turned up sore after one inning and was relieved by Eddie Pritchard.
He lasted 1 1/3 innings before being replaced by Doss. Called into duty with the bases loaded and only one out, Doss quickly ended the Alchesay threat by getting the first batter to ground out and the second to wail away at three strikes.
In the fourth inning, Doss struck out the side.
Playing the role of the closer, Bradley didn't allow a hit in the fifth and final frame.
Offensively, Scotty Garduno led the hit parade, finishing two-for-four.
In three appearances at the plate, Steve Williamson slapped one base hit and led the Horns in RBIs with three.