Playing at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick was one of the highlights of a memorable baseball season for Payson’s varsity baseball team last spring.
“Last year was our first year playing a game at Salt River and it was a phenomenal experience for the players, coaches and fans,” said PHS head coach Brian Young.
“Playing in a venue like that really gets the players excited. You get a feel for what it is like to be in the big leagues. We enjoyed everything about it, except the result of the game. We are really thrilled to be going back and try to win a game there.”
Page beat the Longhorns 6-1 there last season. The teams will meet again at the Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at 3 p.m. on April 17. Admission is free.
The opportunity to play a game there is part of an agreement PHS made with the Diamondbacks to sell at least 250 ticket vouchers for the 2014 Diamondbacks season. It is the second consecutive year the team is doing this. The vouchers are good for any D-backs home game from opening day until June 10.
The vouchers are for tickets in the lower sections from first-third base going back to the outfield. Vouchers may be traded in on game day for a ticket or taken to the ticket box windows early and exchanged for a ticket for any future games through June 10.
“We suggest that people trade them in early if you can because that guarantees the lowest seats available,” Young said.
Get tickets from any Longhorn baseball player or at the PHS Bookstore for $25. Buying the same tickets from the Diamondbacks would cost between $32-35, depending on the game.
The Longhorns actually played in three Spring Training facilities last year — Goodyear, Salt River and Surprise.
“We lost in all of them,” Young said. “So this is our chance to set things right.”
Payson went 20-10, knocking off No. 1 Show Low and reaching the Division III state semifinals in 2013.