The Payson High School baseball team is in the thick of tournament play after a six-game performance over the weekend in the Mohave Valley Tournament. The team will hope to improve on its 5-2 overall record in the Miami Tournament, beginning tomorrow, Wednesday.
The Horns will play at least four games this week. First up is a face-off against Globe at 11:15 a.m. tomorrow.
Globe should be prepared for a good battle from the Longhorns, who are primed from a strong showing over the weekend, notching four victories and two close defeats.
Errors seemed to be the thorn in the Horns' side. The two losses saw seven committed errors for the Horns.
Overall, sophomore second baseman Ridge Halenar was an offensive monster, tallying six RBIs, five hits and four runs. Sophomore Hunter Haynes picked up a win and a save and showed some offensive prowess, knocking in four RBIs for the Horns.
The Horns started the tournament on a high note, beating Southwest from El Centro, Calif., 4-1, and easily topping Flagstaff Sinagua, 11-3, Thursday.
Haynes notched the win and struck out five against Southwest. The Horns blasted 13 hits, led by Halenar's 3-for-3 performance and two RBIs. Senior pitcher Jacob Willis fanned nine and earned the win.
A close win against the Camp Verde Cowboys, 3-2, and an error-filled loss against River Valley, 4-5, capped off Friday's play for the Horns.
Sophomore pitcher Dale Williams earned the win against the Cowboys. Willis stole two bases and provided some offense with two RBIs, but the Horns committed four errors against River Valley, which ultimately did them in.
The Horns cannot take all the credit for their victory against Parker on Saturday. The Broncs committed seven errors and allowed the Horns an easy 9-0 shutout on only eight hits. Haynes led the offense, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and sophomore hurler Tyler Savage picked up the win, only allowing one hit.
The tournament came to an end with a 1-2 loss against Flagstaff on Saturday. The Horns erred three times and couldn't seem to cross home plate again after producing their only run in the first inning.
Senior pitcher Jason Sweet tossed five innings, allowing only three hits, but it was enough for the Eagles to beat the offensively lackluster Horns, who stranded six on base.