The Payson High School baseball team hopes the momentum it picked up from two wins last week will carry over to two important region games this week -- today, Tuesday, against Show Low and Thursday against Holbrook.
The Longhorns' current mini-winning streak results from victories on Thursday against Snowflake, 8-7, and Friday against Camp Verde, 8-5.
The Longhorns tallied 10 hits and committed six errors but managed to edge the Lobos for the win on Thursday.
Jacob Willis was an offensive monster, going 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a home run.
Not to be outdone, Ridge Halenar posted a 2-for-3 performance that included two RBIs and a run scored.
Ever Figueroa also knocked two hits and scored two runs. Nick Abraham, Tyler Savage and Jason Sweet added an RBI apiece. Hunter Haynes earned three free passes to first and scored two runs for the Horns.
Willis pitched five innings, allowing seven hits and fanning seven Snowflake batters. Anthony Pearce pitched an inning of relief that saw two unearned runs for the Lobos before Sweet managed to finish off the game, picking up the win in a one-inning relief performance.
While the offense was certainly cranking, the Longhorns stranded 12 runners on base and erred six times --something they'll need to improve during the tough upcoming conference matchups.
The loss was Snowflake's first conference loss of the season.
Against Camp Verde on Friday, the Horns improved their overall record to 11-7 with another win.
The Horns had eight hits and had a couple of hot innings -- a four-run third and three-run sixth -- which proved too much for the Cowboys to handle.
Five errors for the Horns were overcome by big hitting, as has been the case in previous games this season.
PHS is in third place in the 3A East region and with wins against Show Low and Holbrook, could possibly top Show Low for second place in region standings.
If last week's play was any indication, the Longhorns have a good chance at handling the Cougars today, Tuesday, at 4 p.m. at Show Low and Roadrunners on Thursday at 4 p.m. at Payson High School.