A dead-knot for the region championship in the final East baseball standings appears to be a certainty.
With one game remaining in the regular season, Show Low and Payson are tied atop the East standings with identical 8-1 slates.
If the tie exists when the season ends today, April 25, power points will probably be used to seed the Horns into the state tournament set to begin May 2 in Phoenix.
Should that scenario unfold as anticipated, Show Low would be awarded the East's No. 1 state seed due to the Cougars' 109.05 power points and 3A fifth-place ranking.
Payson would probably receive the East's second seed because the Horns are rated ninth with 101.13 points.
Show Low and Payson, however, would be declared East region co-champions.
During the regular season, the two teams split their head-to-head meetings with the Horns winning in Show Low and the Cougars prevailing in Payson.
The Longhorns lone remaining regular season game is 4 p.m. today in Snowflake against the Lobos who are 11-15 overall and 4-5 in the East.
As important as the game is to the Longhorns, it is equally as significant to the Lobos who are in a battle with Blue Ridge for the East's third-place playoff seed.
The Horns head to Snowflake with a power-packed lineup that includes some of the region's finest hitters.
Tyler Savage leads the team both at the plate and on the base paths with a .500 batting average and 14 stolen bases.
Ridge Halenar is hitting .451 and has slugged a team-high six home runs. Others coach Jerry Daniels can call upon for hits and runs include Nick Herring (.412), Weston Gibson (.404), Ever Figueroa (.397) and Sean Dougherty (.390).
On the mound, junior right-hander Hunter Haynes (4-4) has been the team's ace hurler most of the season. He sports a 2.02 ERA and has struck out 47 opposing batsmen while walking only seven.
Anthony Pearce (3-3) is also a capable hurler when not holding down the first base position.
In the Horns' most recent outing, April 22 on Longhorn field, PHS ran roughshod over an outmanned Alchesay team, 19-0.
The game was shortened to five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
In the win, Daniels used three pitchers opening with Ryan Williams and later bringing on Gibson and Halenar.
Williams was credited with the win after going two innings. Gibson threw two innings and Halenar mopped up for one frame.
Horn hitters had a field day pounding out 21 hits that included a 3-for-4 performance from Kevin Bryant.
Halenar, Savage and Herring were 2-for-3.