baseball team loses to Judge
May 2, 2008
With just a week before the state playoffs, the Park City boys baseball coaches are trying to figure out how they can get their team to play a full game the same way they played their first three innings.
That was the case on Tuesday as the team was able to keep state powerhouse Judge Memorial within their sights trailing just 4-2 after the third inning. Four innings later, the Bulldogs had scored six more runs while the Miners’ bats were silent and Park City lost 10-2.
"The boys can play with anyone for three innings," lamented Park City assistant coach Matt Strader. "We need to figure out how to play seven."
He says making that change will take Park City deep into the playoffs.
"The biggest thing is they’ve got to stay focused," Strader said. "It’s a whole new season."
The Miners were the first team to get on the scoreboard against Judge, scoring two runs in the second. The Miners then struggled at the plate, getting only three hits compared to the Bulldogs’ 13. The later innings also brought an ejection of Park City head coach Howard Hoyt who contested a questionable call with the home plate umpire until he was tossed from the game.
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One encouraging thing is that the Miners is finally on their home field. With some timely breaks in the weather, the team was able to groom the field for Tuesday’s game and expects to hold practice there as much as they can before the postseason. Not only does it allow the team to play on familiar turf finally, but also gives them a chance to practice things like hitting in daylight with plenty of room to spare.
"I’ve been coaching for 15 year and I haven’t ever waited this long to be outside," Strader said. "This should help them play better."
The Miners will have about a week to practice before the playoffs start. In the meantime, they may play a make-up game with Logan that was cancelled because of weather. Strader said that an extra game will also help them tune up for the postseason.