Longhorns In State Tourney, Ladies On The Outside Edge

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The Payson High School baseball and softball teams face vastly different fates when the regular season wraps up today, May 1, on PHS diamonds against the Snowflake Lobos.

The baseball squad is guaranteed a spot into the state tournament but the softball team might be on the outside looking in.

In the all-important power points rankings, which are used to seed the 3A conference’s top 16 teams into the tournament, Payson baseball is in good shape regardless of the outcome of today’s game against the Snowflake Lobos.

With 99.667 points, the Horns are seeded ninth.

But the softball team has 76.5278 points and is 17th overall, 2.5604 points behind Holbrook, currently the 16th and final seed to state.

For the Lady Horns to have any hopes of advancing to state, the team must beat Snowflake today.

Holbrook’s regular season wrapped April 25 with the Roadrunners splitting a doubleheader against Tuba City. Holbrook lost the first game 17-15, but won the second 7-6.

A pair of TC wins over the Roadrunners would have given a much-needed boost to Lady Horn playoff hopes.

In the power point rankings, both Holbrook and Payson have 6-11 records and the teams split their two meetings this year with the Roadrunners winning 1-0 on March 3 and PHS taking a 4-2 victory on April 6.

If the outcome of today’s baseball game against Snowflake doesn’t improve the Horns ninth place power points standing, the Horns would open the state tournament at 4 p.m. May 8 at Surprise Stadium against East rival Show Low.

The Cougars own two victories over the Horns this season having won 12-2 on March 17 and an 8-7 decision on April 17.

Game times today against Snowflake are 4 (junior varsity) and 6 p.m. (varsity).

In addition to baseball and softball games, the evening will feature the FAN (Friends And Neighbors) Club benefit barbecue dinner.

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