No. 3 Payson faces No. 14 Fountain Hills at 6:30 p.m. today in the opening round of the 3A state baseball tournament at Surprise Baseball Complex.
The winner moves on to take on the winner of the Sabino-Gilbert Christian game in the quarterfinals at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Longhorns swept a doubleheader from Fountain Hills 10-0, 10-6 in Payson on March 20.
The Falcons were ranked No. 21 but beat No. 12 Show Low 4-1 in the play-in game in Show Low on Tuesday.
All three 3A East teams playing Tuesday were upset. No. 22 Safford eliminated No. 11 Blue Ridge 8-5 and No. 23 Catalina knocked out No. 10 Winslow 7-3.
Of the five 3A East teams in the tournament, only Payson and No. 7 Snowflake, remain.