It wasn't an overwhelming mound performance, but senior Tyler Pettet's pitching was enough to lift the Longhorn baseball squad to a crucial 3-2 East region victory. With the win over the homestanding Holbrook Roadrunners Tuesday afternoon, the Horns upped its overall record to 7-3. More importantly, the team remained undefeated (2-0) in East region play.
A post-game victory party might not have been possible had it not been for the yeoman-like efforts of Pettet and a formidable defense that committed just one error.
During his seven innings on the mound, Pettet relied upon three pitches fastball, curveball and changeup to continually stymie Roadrunner batsmen.
In facing 31 batters, he gave up two earned runs on seven hits and didn't walk a single batter. He also struck out three and stranded eight baserunners.
Offensively, the Horns struggled at the plate and were never able to mount a game-breaking rally.
A disturbing trend in the game for head coach Teddy Pettet is that being out-hit as they were 7-4 by Holbrook is becoming a way of diamond life for the Longhorns
Only last week, the team was out-hit 13-5 by Sedona, but somehow managed to salvage a 7-5 victory.
Against Holbrook, only a two-run single by Steve Williamson in the fourth and a game-opening home run by Waylon Pettet kept the Horns from wallowing in the agony of defeat.
The Horns' "O" generated two other hits second-inning singles by Cory McRae and Shaun Hounshell.
Payson returns to East region action at 3:30 p.m. today (Friday) on the PHS diamond against the Snowflake Lobos.
Tomorrow, the squad travels to Lakeside to take on the Blue Ridge Yellow Jackets at 11 a.m.