The Longhorns are slowly chipping away at the gap between them and the fourth-place standing in the 3A East region. Only the top four teams qualify for the postseason.
With an important conference win Thursday against Holbrook, the East region's second place team, the Horns improved their record to 12-8 overall and 2-3 in region.
The Horns have six conference games left to close the gap, including three games against the winless teams of Round Valley and Alchesay.
Offense was key for the Horns, whose hot bats trumped the five fielding mishaps in the win. They topped their season average of nine-runs-per-game by two and knocked off the Roadrunners, 11-9.
The Horns scored four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth, to edge the Roadrunners.
Ridge Halenar and Jason Sweet proved that they want to see postseason play, which was unfortunate for the opposition.
Halenar went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, three runs scored and played a little long ball, jacking a home run. Sweet was perfect at the plate as well, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a double.
Ever Figueroa, Gage Conway and Zak Miller also contributed an RBI each.
The Horns owned the base path, stealing seven bases in seven attempts. Figueroa picked up three free bases and Sweet collected two.
On the mound, the pitching trio of Jacob Willis, Anthony Pearce and Haynes, managed to combine for the victory.
Willis pitched four innings and allowed the Roadrunners nine hits and eight runs before Pearce took over, pitching an inning and allowing two hits and a run. Haynes got the win after striking out five batters, allowing only one hit and walking two Roadrunners in a two-inning closing performance.
The Longhorns hope their grittiness of late will continue today, Tuesday, in a conference matchup that features the East's best hitters, Willis and Derek Fusselman of Snowflake, both batting .561.
Snowflake tops the East region standings with a 5-1 conference record. The game begins at 4 p.m. in Snowflake.