The Park City High School baseball team hit the road to take on a tough Cottonwood team on Tuesday afternoon.
Against one of the best offensive teams in the state, Park City coach Lou Green figured his team would have to score a bunch of runs to compete.
Scott Stokes had other plans. The Park City hurler was locked in all afternoon, mowing down the Cottonwood hitters en route to a 6-1 victory for the Miners.
"The highlight of the day was Scott Stokes," Green said. "The big thing we talk about with our pitchers is the ability to control two pitches low in the zone. [Cottonwood has] eight or nine guys committed to play college baseball already. I've never seen Stokes any better than what he was Tuesday. He was lights out. I can't say enough about what he's done for our club."
After staff ace Mark Trevino graduated last year, Green didn't know who would step up and take command of the pitching staff this year.
"I was concerned about finding someone who would get on the mound and pound the strike zone," he said. "That was Mark for his whole career here. But [Stokes] has pitched far beyond what I expected. I've really challenged our guys to get on the mound and throw strikes. We haven't walked many guys this year."
The Miners got more than enough offense for Stokes in the second inning of Tuesday's game, knocking home five runs and giving their pitcher some breathing room.
"Parker Smith hit a big two-run triple that gave us a lot of energy," Green said.
Blake Morin also had an RBI in the inning, and would add another in the top of the seventh inning.
After a rough tournament defensively earlier this season, Green said he's happy with the progress the Miners have shown on that side of the ball in recent weeks. They didn't commit a single error on Tuesday.
"We're getting there," he said. "Ian Moritz had a shaky start at third base, but he's done a really nice job the last five or six games. He's developing into an everyday third baseman. Second base is still by committee, but Jack Lecher, who is a freshman, has come on and done a really nice job for us in the field. It's good to see those young kids get their feet wet."
Though the win was big for Park City (10-2 overall), Green said his squad won't get too cocky.
"We're not going to be overconfident, that's for sure," he said. "We're the most average 10-2 team in the state right now, and I'll stand by that. We'll keep working hard and keep our noses down. We are where we are because of our work ethic."
But, he added, the win was a great way to show that hard work pays off and that the team should be proud of that.
"This reassures our kids that we can compete with anyone in the state," he said. "We take the field expecting to win. This just builds on that."
Park City will be back in action on Tuesday, April 1, for a road double-header against Region 10 rival Juan Diego. The Miners will open up their home schedule on Friday, April 4, also against Juan Diego. Friday's game will begin at 3 p.m.