Show Low 10, Longhorns 3
Chino Valley 6, Longhorns 5
Show Low 11, Lady Longhorns 0
Lady Longhorns 12, Chino Valley 2
The best Payson High School baseball and softball teams could muster in four weekend games against Show Low and Chino Valley was one victory.
That win was chalked up April 5 on PHS softball diamond where the Lady Longhorns runruled the Cougars 12-2.
The baseball team, playing in Chino Valley, fell 6-5 to the Cats.
A day prior to the showdowns against CV, the PHS softball team lost 11-0 to Show Low and the baseball squad was beaten 10-3. Both games were played at Show Low High School.
The losses to Show Low were much more damaging to Payson's playoff hopes than the results of the games against Chino, because Show Low is a member of the East region, along with Payson.
Only region results are used to seed the top-three finishers into the state tournament.
The baseball team's loss drops PHS to 5-1 in the East and a tie in the region standings with Show Low, also 5-1.
The softball team's loss to Show Low sends Payson to 2-4 in the East, but the team remains all alone in fourth place in the standings.
In Show Low's victory over the Payson hardballers, ace pitcher Hunter Haynes was saddled with the loss, partly due to his team's three errors. Of the eight runs Haynes gave up in five innings on the hill, only two were earned.
The Lady Horns' loss to SL could be attributed to an offense that produced only two hits, one each by Sarah Cadd and Candice Johnson.
Both Horns teams have the opportunity to pick up all-important East victories today, Tuesday, against the Round Valley Elks.
The softball crew owns one victory over RV this season, having survived 9-2 on March 18 in Eagar.
On that same day, also in Eagar, coach Jerry Daniels' baseball team won 4-1.
Game times today at Payson High are 4 p.m.