The Longhorns baseball team made some progress on the gap, dividing them and the fourth place Blue Ridge in region standings in a blow-out win against Alchesay on Monday.
Only problem is, the next day the Horns fell right back into the seemingly inescapable one-more-loss than wins predicament they have been in all season, after a tough loss to region-leading Snowflake.
The shaky region situation remains the same for the fifth-place Horns who only have five region games remaining and are currently 3-4. Only the top four teams from each region advance to the playoffs.
On Monday against Alchesay, in a game that was rescheduled from earlier in the season, the Longhorns blew out the hapless Falcons 28-0. The game was called after the fourth inning due to the run-rule.
The game included a 14-run second and a seven-run fourth for the Horns and 20 total hits compared to just one for the Falcons.
Any notion that the blowout capability the Horns displayed against the Falcons would resound against the infinitely superior Lobos was dashed by the second inning when the Lobos had already recorded 10 runs. Tuesday's game was a struggle altogether for the Horns, who ended up losing 17-6. The 17 runs were the most given up to any team this season.
The Lobos had 18 hits to the Horns' six. It was apparent that the Lobos wanted the win from the first pitch, scoring three runs in the first inning.
The Horns rallied in the fourth, scoring five runs and nearly cutting the Lobos' lead in half, before Snowflake shattered the Horns' hopes and added six more runs of their own in the inning.
The Horns' next conference challenge will be today (Friday) at 4 p.m. against a winless Round Valley team at RVHS.
The Horns have four more region games over the next two weeks as they wrap up the season. They'll travel to Alchesay Wednesday to take on the Falcons, and then hope that the home field advantage they'll experience against Blue Ridge on April 20, Round Valley on April 24 and Show Low on April 26 will aid their efforts to qualify for the playoffs.