Phs Baseball Even In East Standings

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The past week wasn't one the Longhorn baseball players are going to want to relive at the family dinner table.

Losses to Snowflake (22-12) and Blue Ridge (9-5) ended a 2-0 East region jump start for the Horns and threw the pennant chase into early season turmoil.

"Everybody (in the East) has one loss," coach Teddy Pettet said. "(The standings are) pretty even."

The loss to Blue Ridge Saturday in Lakeside was particularly tough to absorb, Pettet said, because "the game was ours to win."

Riding the tide of a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth and starter Ky Bradley hurling effortlessly, the Horns appeared to be well on their way to victory.

But, a one-out double and a series of miscues by the Horn defense helped fuel a Yellow Jacket rally that lifted BR to the triumph.

Lost in the dregs of the defeat was Bradley's pitching effort that saw him scatter eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.

"He pitched a great game. We let him down," Pettet said.

The clash also sported its fare share of controversy. In the top of the seventh inning, sophomore Waylon Pettet blasted a shot over the left field wall that appeared to onlookers to be a legitimate home run. If so, it could have been the shot in the arm the Horns needed for a come-from-behind win. But the home plate umpire ruled the circuit blast a foul ball. Coach Pettet vehemently pleaded his case, but it fell on deaf ears.

In the lopsided loss to Snowflake on the PHS diamond, the Horns were their own worst enemy.

"It wasn't one person it was the entire team," the coach said.

In hurling the first 4 2/3 innings, Mike Doss didn't receive much defensive support from his teammates who committed nine errors.

More than a case of Snowflake prowess, the loss was due to the Horns ineptitude.

"We just gave them their first eight runs," Pettet said.

Mark Hansen relieved Doss and pitched the final out of the game that was shortened to five innings on the 10-run rule.

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