PCHS softball picks up another win
May 10, 2016
The Park City High School softball team broke a nearly three-year losing streak on April 22 and hasn’t looked back. Last week, the Miners picked up two more victories to bring their win total to five for the 2016 season.
After hanging on for a 13-9 win on the road against Judge Memorial on May 2, the Miners hosted Ogden at City Park on Wednesday, May 4.
Ogden took a 4-0 lead heading into the third inning, but the Miner bats came alive in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs to tie the game. Ogden scored twice in the top of the fourth, but the Miners answered with five runs in the fifth inning to take command of a game they’d go on to win 14-7.
Amanda Riely led the way for Park City at the plate, driving in five runs on four hits. Senior Logan Burgess controlled the game from the pitching circle, earning the win on senior night.
Park City Coach Shannon Gebbia said the Miners have improved every time they’ve taken the field this year.
"It feels a lot better and it feels like the momentum is finally shifting," she said. "It’s so much fun for me to see the wheels finally turning. Things are falling into place. It’s getting there — their hard work is paying off."
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The two wins for the Miners last week were mixed in with a 12-0 loss at Union and a 14-0 loss at Tooele in Region 10 play. Though the Miners play in perhaps the most difficult region in 3A softball, Gebbia said she tries to get her team to face each opponent head-on.
"We play every team the same, whether we’re beating a team 11-6 or whether we’re down 17-0 in the first inning," she said. "You don’t earn respect by winning — you earn respect by keeping your head high and playing your game 100 percent. We have a tough region, but my girls go out with fearlessness, hold their heads high and play their game. We take the wins when we can and take the smaller victories against the bigger teams."
Wednesday was senior night for Park City’s two seniors, Burgess and Lizy Mutz. Gebbia said during her three years of coaching the Miners, Burgess has been one of the team’s rocks.
"For me, she’s been everything these last three years," Gebbia said. "Our first season, I think she pitched pretty much every inning. She was just giving up 15, 16 hits in an inning and then, on top of that, had to deal with errors from her teammates. It means everything to see her grow. She’s definitely become one heck of a ballplayer."
Gebbia also highlighted the play of catcher Ashley Farquharson, who threw out an Ogden baserunner on a steal attempt Wednesday.
"Ashley has been a phenomenal catcher this year," Gebbia said. "She just started catching for us last year, but we’re seeing great things all around."
With an overall record of 5-14 so far this season (0-8 in Region 10), Gebbia said the Miners aren’t satisfied just yet. Though Park City won’t make the 3A playoffs because of a winless Region 10 slate, the Miners still have one more chance to win on Wednesday against West Jordan.
"I’m ecstatic," Gebbia said. "We’ve got a chance to be a six-win team. West Jordan is definitely a team we can compete with, so we’re looking to get that sixth win."
Park City hosts West Jordan on Wednesday afternoon in its final game of the 2016 season. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at PCHS.
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