Horns Win Squeaker On Way To Season's End

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The Longhorn baseball team stayed alive in the chase for a top four Grand Canyon region finish and a home seed in the opening round of the postseason tournament with a come-from-behind 11-10 win over the Sinagua Mustangs.

Trailing 10-5 in the bottom of the sixth, the Horns rallied for six runs to take a precarious one-run lead heading into the top of the seventh and final frame.

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Pitcher Matt Behrens pitched the Longhorns to a 11-10 win April 26 over Sinagua. In three innings, Behrens faced only one over the minimum nine hitters and did not allow a run. Coach Jerry Daniels called Behrens' performance his finest of the season.

As tense as the situation was, the Horns handled the pressure in steadfast fashion, sitting the Mustangs down one-two-three to preserve the lead and nail down the hard-earned victory.

Much of the credit for the win, Tuesday on PHS diamond, must go to pitcher Matt Behrens who came on in the top of the third in relief of starter Daren Daniels.

In the crucial fifth, sixth and seventh innings, Behrens faced only one over the minimum nine hitters and did not allow a run.

Coach Jerry Daniels called Behrens' performance his finest of the season.

Senior Donnie Wilbanks, bound for Mesa College on a football scholarship, also supplied his fair share of heroics. His two-RBI bases-loaded single in the bottom of the sixth erased Sinagua's 10-9 lead and scored both the tying and winning runs.

"That was the key hit for us," coach Daniels said.

Matt LeVac also turned in a commendable performance at the plate, finishing three-for-four with a double and a home run. Daren Daniels and Behrens both contributed triples.

In other Grand Canyon region action Tuesday, Mingus slipped past Page 9-5.

A scheduled showdown between Coconino and Flagstaff was postponed due to wet fields. The game has not yet been rescheduled. The outcome of it, whenever it is played, will have a huge impact on the Longhorns' bid for a home seed in the post season. Flagstaff is battling Payson for the fourth and final home berth.

Payson is 4-7 in GCR play and Flagstaff is 5-5.

If the Horns pulled another upset yesterday by whipping Coconino in the regular season finale (results not available at press time), Payson could salvage at least a tie for fourth place and earn the coveted home playoff berth.

The GCR tournament is slated to begin April 30.

The GCR champion, possibly Mingus, will receive a first-round bye. The second-, third- and fourth-place regular season finishers will host the fifth-, sixth- and seventh-place teams.

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