Payson Ace Among State's Best

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A flurry of honors has marked the culmination of Waylon Pettet's remarkable four-year high school baseball career.

Among the laurels recently bestowed on the former Longhorn diamond star are his selection to the Arizona Coaches Association Super-50 All-Star game, a spot on the Arizona All-State second team and his earning a starting outfield position in the North vs. South all-star game played Saturday evening at Grand Canyon University's Brazell Stadium.

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Payson's Waylon Pettet has been selected to participate in the Super-50 All-Star game that will be played June 8 in the Arizona Diamondbacks' Bank One Ballpark.

After nailing down a first-team roster spot on the North team, Pettet led his squad to a 7-5 victory over the South.

During his four-inning starting stint, Pettet finished 1-for-3 at the plate and had two RBIs.

He also turned in an errorless defensive performance in both left and centerfield.

Following the game, the former Payson star was one of four 3A North players selected to participate in the prestigious Arizona Coaches Association Super 50 North vs. South game June 8 in the Arizona Diamondbacks Bank One Ballpark.

The contest takes place about one hour after the conclusion of the Arizona vs. Cleveland Indians game.

Pettet's selection to the team was a season-long ambition.

"Other than winning the state championship, a goal of mine has been to play in the Super-50," he said.

The all-star game, which is in only its second year of existence, pits the top 25 players in the Class 1A through 5A post-season Arizona all-star games against one another.

Each star team comprises four players from 1A/2A, 3A, 4A and 5A North and South all-star teams. At random, coaches then selected nine additional players to fill out each Super-50 team.

Last summer, Payson was represented in showdown by PHS coach Teddy Pettet and infielder Ky Bradley.

Following the game, the pair agreed that playing in BOB was the thrill of a life time.

More honors flowed Pettet's way Sunday morning when he learned he had been named to The Arizona Republic's Small School All-State second team.

The all-state players are chosen by their performances during the regular season and in state tournament play.

Last spring, Pettet paced the Longhorns to an East region runner-up finish and a second seed to the state tournament. After defeating Santa Cruz in the state opener, the Horns were eliminated by a 2-1 extra-inning loss to Fountain Hills.

During the course of the campaign, Pettet chalked up a .400 batting average that included three home runs, three triples, four doubles and 34 RBIs. His 38 runs scored led the team.

On the base paths, Pettet was successful on all 17 of his steal attempts.

Defensively, he built a reputation as one of the premier outfielders in the conference.

With his prep career at and end, Pettet will attend Central Arizona College where he hopes to continue to play baseball.

More Payson stars

In addition to Pettet's efforts in Saturday's all-star game, the winning North team was buoyed by the strong performances turned in by Longhorns Jeremy Heairet and Nate Perna.

Heairet pitched two scoreless innings in relief of all-star starter Ryan Meyers of Round Valley.

According to coach Pettet, who traveled to Grand Canyon University to take in the game, Heairet turned in a solid mound effort in which he struck out two, walked one and gave up a pair of hits.

Perna was named the North's starting shortstop and played the first four innings. He finished 0-for-1 at the plate with two walks.

Another standout Longhorn player, junior Ashton Shewey, was not eligible to participate in the all-senior star game. However, Shewey -- a pitcher -- was among The Arizona Republic's All-State Small School honorable mention recipients.

Shewey's finest hurling performance of his career might have been in the extra-inning state tournament loss to Fountain Hills.

The teen is expected to be one of the state's premier hurlers next season.

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