May 8, 2012
The Lady Longhorns managed to slide, hit and bunt into their second playoff win on Saturday, setting up the final two games this Friday and Saturday. Last week, the Longhorns beat Fountain Hills 7-1 and barely survived an 8-7 win over Mingus, thanks to a storybook rally at the last possible moment.
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More than 30 years of coaching football, basketball and baseball at every level from seventh grade to high school varsity has conditioned me to take nothing for certain and expect almost anything. But none of those experiences — which have included great upsets, go-for-broke wins, disheartening defeats and chilling victories — prepared me for what occurred Saturday morning at Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix. There, the never-say-die Lady Longhorns dangled from the ropes one inning from elimination as they trailed Mingus 7-0 — with just three outs left.