Trailing by four runs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, the Longhorn baseball team rallied for five runs to edge season-long nemesis Globe 7-6.
The April 13 caging of visiting Tigers was sweet revenge for the Horns who lost two previous encounters to Globe by 4-2 and 3-2 scores.
Much of the credit for the win goes to reliever Jacob Willis who shut out the cats after taking over in the third frame for freshman starter Hunter Haynes. Willis faced 19 batters, four over the minimum, in his five shut out innings on the hill. He gave up only one hit, struck out six and walked two.
His efforts drew praise from coach Jerry Daniels who said, "He did a great job. It was his best (performance) of the year."
Of the six runs scored on Haynes, only two were earned. The freshman allowed six hits, issued three bases on balls and struck out one.
While Willis was dominating on the mound, Jason Sweet and Matt Behrens, also pitchers in the Horn arsenal, were providing the offensive spark.
Sweet was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBIs.
Behrens had a single, double, run scored and an RBI in three appearances.
Ridge Halenar and Willis both contributed singles to the Horn attack. Although Matt LeVac was hitless in three appearances, he scored two of Payson's runs after being hit by a pitch and getting aboard on an error.
With the nonregion game now a notch in the Longhorns "W" column, the team returns to all-important East play today, Tuesday.
Game time against Alchesay is 4 p.m. on Longhorn field. The team travels April 21 to Lakeside where it will take on league leading Blue Ridge. Game time is 6 p.m.