February 21, 2012
Payson catcher Tyus Sarnowski awaits a pitch from teammate Will Dougherty as a Winslow Bulldog hitter readies himself to pull the trigger on the offering. The scrimmage vs. Winslow marked the unofficial onset of the 2012 season.
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The Payson Longhorns baseball team debuted Feb. 17 on PHS diamond against a Winslow Bulldogs squad ranked seventh in Division III, but one that WHS coach Art Griffith describes as young and inexperienced, though enthusiastic. The season-opening scrimmage was originally scheduled to be played Feb. 14, but rescheduled due to a wet playing field. PHS coach Scott Novack, in his second year at the helm of the program, had five returning letter-winners to put into the lineup against Griffith’s Dogs. Those five are multitalented players expected to form the nucleus of the 2012 teams. Chance Randall started at third base vs. Winslow, but can also play catcher and outfielder. Miguel Mendoza can play second base, shortstop and also pitch. Nick McMullen is comfortable at first base, in the outfield and can pitch. Cale Novack, the coach’s son, is an outfielder, infielder and pitcher. While Dylan Richardson could be the Horns’ first-line pitcher, Will Dougherty got the starting nod vs. Winslow and hurled two innings before giving way to Cale Novack.