Park City senior Cole Tan made sure he safely secured the pop fly in left-center field before running to meet leftfielder (and fellow senior) Tim Leary to begin the celebration.
Pitcher Mark Trevino, the third member of the group of seniors who have spent four years chasing a Region 10 title, had just completed a seven-inning shutout of the Miners' fiercest rivals, the Wasatch Wasps.
It took Trevino just 71 pitches to shut down the powerful Wasatch offense. He struck out seven, allowed only three hits and issued zero walks to lead Park City to a 2-0, Region 10 title-clinching victory at Park City High School on Tuesday afternoon.
Handshakes (the elaborate kind that can only be perfected over an entire season in the same dugout), hugs and backslaps followed immediately after Tan secured the final out as the team converged on the mound to mob the game-winning pitcher.
"Ever since Wednesday of last week, I've been ready for this game," Trevino said. "I told my teachers today, 'I'm in the zone, don't call on me. I just need to focus.'"
The Miners were all smiles after the game.
"It's a dream come true, really," Tan said. "It couldn't have come any better against the rivals, 2-0, just a battle to the end."
"It's the greatest feeling," Leary added. "No one says we're going to win region ever, so that was awesome.
For Trevino, leading the team to a Region 10 title was something he'd been thinking about since eighth grade.
"In eighth grade, I saw Parker Morin (the brother of starting shortstop Blake Morin, now playing in the Kansas City Royals' farm system) win it," he said. "So I'm happy to say I did it too."
Park City coach Lou Green said he knew beating Wasatch wouldn't be easy.
"I talked with (Trevino) before the game about a few things and told him, 'We need your A+ game, better than you've ever thrown,'" he said. "And there it was."
He added that he's proud of the way his team has come together in the three years since he took over the program.
"The biggest thing is I'm just happy for our kids," he said. "These kids have put in more work than any other team in the state. There may be more talented teams out there, but no one works harder."
Just one game after committing seven errors in a 16-9 loss to Juan Diego, the Miners' defense led the charge on Tuesday.
Sophomore Chandler Anderson, making his first varsity appearance at third base, was busy. Eight Wasatch batters sent the ball to the hot corner, and Anderson recorded outs on seven of them, including a double play in which he tagged a runner coming to third and fired the ball across the diamond to sophomore first baseman Scott Stokes to stop a Wasatch threat in the sixth inning.
"I was more nervous than ever," Anderson said. "It's different playing at a position you haven't been practicing all year. I knew I'd get a lot of action, and it turns out I did."
He added that his confidence grew after the first couple innings.
"At first I was really clumsy," he said. "But I felt like I pulled myself together throughout the game."
Green said he debated where to play Anderson against a hard-hitting team like Wasatch.
"I knew we had to be strong on the left side because Wasatch is a big-time pull team," he said. "So I put Leary in left and Anderson at third to make that side stronger. (Anderson) played a heck of a game.
To top off his excellent performance in the field, Anderson also delivered a two-out two-run single in the bottom of the third, driving in TJ Mayo and Chandler Barkdull to provide the game's only runs.
"He did everything we asked him to do knocked the ball down, threw the guys out, made a couple heads up plays and then comes up with two outs and drives our only two runs in," Green said. "We've won all year because we get up there and we get big two-out knocks."
Trevino said he gave the sophomore a pep talk before the game.
"I told him, 'Just knock everything down and you have the arm to make up for anything else,'" he said. "He was an All-State guy today."
Trevino added that having a solid defense behind him made pitching easy and fast. Thanks to several quick innings by both teams, his shutout only took an hour and 13 minutes.
"Not having to wait (to go back to the mound) is fun, because you get back out there quick and there's not much time to think," he said. "But it's bad because it means the other pitcher is doing good too."
Green said Trevino's 71-pitch gem was a good example for young players to follow.
"I'm glad that we had a lot of our youth kids here today," he said. "You can see what happens when you pound the zone. Mark is a strike-throwing machine. That's the way the game should be played. That's our style of baseball."
Now Park City (16-6 overall, 8-1 in Region 10) will try to stay focused for the playoff push ahead.
"After every win, Coach Green comes out and says all the good things and all the bad things," Leary said. "But once it's over, we're focused on the next game. Playoffs are not going to be any easier."