Horns Head Into Busy Week With 8-1 Record

Three games on tap in three days

 Nick McMullen helped the Longhorns end the first half of the season with an 8-1 win over Miami.

Nick McMullen helped the Longhorns end the first half of the season with an 8-1 win over Miami. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Longhorns are going into the second half of the season with an 8-1 win over Miami under their belts and a seriously busy schedule this week.

“We started a little sluggish vs. Miami, took a couple of times through the order to adjust to the pitching speed after seeing 90 mph the day before,” reports coach Brian Young.

“We didn’t put up quite as many hits as I would have liked to have seen, but we still did well at the plate.”

The team is 10 of 27 from the plate.

Nick McMullen had two hits out of for at bats for a double, one run and three RBIs.

Taran Sarnowksi and Miguel Mendoza each had two hits as well.

Dailey Carnes and Ruben Estrada each scored two runs.

Pitching

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Miguel Mendoza helped the Longhorns end the first half of the season with an 8-1 win over Miami.

Mendoza started and pitched the whole game. Through seven innings he didn’t give up a hit until the top of the seventh. He had 13 strikeouts and gave up just one unearned run.

“Miguel was very strong and has put together two very good outings in a row, with 13 innings and two runs given up lately,” Young said.

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Konner Duran makes the out at first base during the Longhorns’ 5-1 loss to the Show Low Cougars.

Defense

Young said the Horn defense was still not sharp as he would like it to be. “We had four errors. This will be the focus of our next two practice sessions going into a big week.”

Young said as the team faces the second half of the season, there are still lots of games to be played.

“So, we will see how the power points shake out. Our goal is to be top eight and get a bye, but its going to take some work vs. Mingus (April 17), Page (April 18), and Show Low (April 19) this week and Camp Verde the following Tuesday,” Young said.

Fan Bus

To help the Horns with that work, PHS is organizing a Fan Bus for the game against Page at the Diamondbacks’ spring training field at Salt River. The game is at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 18.

If 30 students to pick up and return field trip permission slips, along with $10 by Thursday morning a fan bus leave at 1 p.m.

Students may pick up the field trip slips in the administration office. There is no admission cost for the game and no gas cost.

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