In one of the most amazing comebacks ever witnessed on Payson High School diamond, the Longhorns rallied Friday from a 10-0 deficit to whip the Snowflake Lobos 13-12.
Although the win had Payson fans dancing in the stands, it was disheartening for the Lobos who saw what seemed to be an insurmountable lead vanish.
"I can guarantee you that was one long bus ride back to Snowflake," PHS coach Teddy Pettet said.
The Payson victory, he added, "was the biggest comeback I've ever been involved in ... there was no quit in them (the PHS players)."
The victory improves Payson record to 17-5-1 overall and 4-1 in the East.
It also enhances the Horns' chances of finishing the regular season no worse than the region runner-up.
That would mean the Horns would advance to state as the East's second seed. A No. 2 seed is much more advantageous than a third or fourth, in that it would pit the Horns, in the first round, against a lower seed from another region.
If the Horns were to fall to a third or fourth seed, they would be forced to play a region champion or second-place finisher in the tournament opener.
Payson, however, is not out of the race for the East title and a No. 1 seed. A PHS win over the Cougars April 26 in Show Low could deadlock the championship race.
In Friday's win over Snowflake, Pettet called upon a foursome of pitchers to try and stem the Lobo tide. Jeremy Heariet, Jon Beeson, Matt Woolwine and Ky Bradley all saw action.
Hurling 1 2/3 innings in relief, Bradley was credited with the win.
Only one day after being involved in the nail-biter against the Lobos, the Horns were able to languish through a 21-3 whipping of Holbrook.
Also contested on the PHS diamond, the victory was credited to Ashton Shewey who is best known in prep circles as the Horns' standout catcher.
In addition to his strong pitching performance, Shewey was a terror with the bat. In just 4 1/2 innings, Shewey went 2 for 4, hit a grand slam and drove in seven RBIs.
Mike Hansen was three-for-three with three RBIs and four runs scored.
After hosting Bourgade yesterday (Thursday; results not available at press time) the Horns travel April 23 to Lakeside for an East region clash against the Yellow Jackets. Game time is 1 p.m.