Payson High’s baseball team started a big week off right with a 13-0 five-inning mercy rout of host Lakeside Blue Ridge on Monday night.
Dailey Carnes fired a one-hitter with one walk and six strikeouts in five innings and the Longhorns pounded out 11 hits in improving to 13-6 overall with their third consecutive victory. PHS stood at 9-3 in power points games and No. 4 in the Division 3 power rankings as of Tuesday.
Carnes has enjoyed pitching against the Yellow Jackets. In three appearances against Blue Ridge over the last two seasons, Carnes has limited Payson to four hits and one run while striking out 31 in 18 innings.
“Dailey had another outstanding outing versus Blue Ridge,” said Blue Ridge coach Brian Young. “Dailey is really stepping up for us on the mound. You can see the confidence continue to grow in him. He wants the ball and guys are very confident playing defense behind him. As long as he doesn’t walk guys he is very tough.”
Ruben Estrada, Nick McMullen, Taran Sarnowski and Konner Duran all had two hits. Estrada doubled, drove in two and scored a pair. McMullen drove in one, stole three bases and scored three runs. Sarnowski scored three runs and drove in one and Duran drove in a run.
It was the first of four games this week. PHS was scheduled to host Whiteriver Alchesay on Wednesday before traveling to take on a Page team, ranked No. 7 in Division 3 as of Tuesday) the Longhorns haven’t had much success against the past couple of years at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Thursday. The Longhorns play at Cottonwood Mingus at 2:30 p.m. Saturday against a Marauders team that stood at No. 1 in the Division 2 power rankings as of Tuesday.
“For us starting out a big week with four games it was nice to only have to play five innings and save some pitching,” Young said.