Baseball, Softball Teams On To Second Rounds


Jake Sleeper and the rest of the Payson Longhorns beat Round Valley in the opening round of the East Region tournament this week, 18-2, and played Show Low at Eagar yesterday. Results were not available at press time.

Jake Sleeper and the rest of the Payson Longhorns beat Round Valley in the opening round of the East Region tournament this week, 18-2, and played Show Low at Eagar yesterday. Results were not available at press time. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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By virtue of East Region tournament opening-round wins over Round Valley, both the baseball and softball teams advance to the second round of the postseason shoot-outs.

The Longhorn baseball team broke a six-game losing streak beating the Elks 18-2 on April 27 in Payson. In the second round, played yesterday, April 28 in Eagar, the Horns played Show Low.

Should PHS get past the Cougars, they will play at 2 p.m. tomorrow, April 30, for the tournament title.

A loss to Show Low would drop the Longhorns into a battle for third place to be contested 11 a.m. tomorrow in Eagar. The top three teams in the tournament advance to the 3A state tournament.

Should the Horns lose the game for third place, they could still advance to state via the power points route.

The Horns entered the East tournament as a No. 3 seed behind second-seeded Show Low and Blue Ridge, the region’s No. 1 team during the regular season.

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Kaitlyn Wessel, who plays first base for the Lady Longhorns, adds some extra concentration to return the ball to the pitcher after putting out the base runner on a throw from shortstop Natalie Black.

Lady Longhorns

The fourth-seeded Lady Longhorns defeated Round Valley 12-8 on April 27 in Payson and advanced to the second round to play regular-season champion Snowflake at 4 p.m. yesterday, April 28, in Eagar.

With a win, the Lady Horns would play at 2 p.m. tomorrow, April 30, for the tournament title.

If Payson falls to Snowflake, the team plays at 11 a.m. tomorrow for third place and an automatic berth into the state tournament. The state tournaments for both baseball and softball begin May 6 in the Valley.

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