Payson High School baseball and softball teams open 4A state tournament action at 11 a.m. tomorrow on the Longhorn fields.
The baseball team, which dropped a 13-3 decision May 5 to the homestanding Mingus Marauders, will play the third-place finisher from the Wells Fargo Region.
After losing 8-0 to Flagstaff in Mingus, the Lady Horns open state play against the third-place finisher from the Skyline Region.
The two teams' opponents had not been determined at press time.
Both PHS losses Wednesday occurred in the championship round of the Grand Canyon Region tournament
In tournament semifinals played May 4 at Mingus, the two teams assured themselves of runner-up region finishes and berths in the 4A state tournament with victories.
The Longhorns upset the Flagstaff Coconino Panthers 7-2 and the Lady Horns run-ruled the Page Sand Devils 10-0.
The victories propelled the two PHS teams into the regional tournament championship clashes.
The baseball team's victory over Coconino was a huge upset mostly because the Panthers had dismantled Payson 13-0 in the regular season finale played April 29 in Payson.
The Lady Horns' easy win was a bit surprising as well. The two teams had split a regular season doubleheader in Payson and the Sand Devils played as if they were every bit the equal of the Lady Horns.
But in the GC semifinal clash, Devil hitters were baffled by the offerings of winning pitcher Brenna Zumbro.
For the baseball crew, Ricky Young gave up two runs in the first inning and then shutout the Panthers through the final six frames. In going the distance, he allowed six hits, struck out eight and stranded 10 base runners.
Offensively, Payson had one of its best games of the season pounding out 16 hits. Junior Dustin Hacker finished with four hits in five trips to the plate.