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Cole Tan slides safely into third base during a steal attempt in Park City s 14-2 win over Juab in the 3A baseball playoffs. Tan reached base four times in the game. Courtesy Paul Tan

At the end of Saturday's action at Park City High School, the Miners were still alive in the chase for the 3A state baseball championship.

Though Park City ran into the buzzsaw that is Canyon View sophomore pitcher Zach Brinkerhoff in the nightcap, losing 3-0, it advanced to the next round via a 14-2 win over Juab in the first game of the day.

The Miners have a tough road ahead if they want to win the state championship, but coach Lou Green said it's important not to give up.

"It's been done before," he said. "We were just telling the kids that Bear River, in 2008, lost the first game and won eight in a row to win the state championship. So it's not impossible."

Yes, Green said, the Miners struggled against Brinkerhoff, but they'll be better off in the long run because of it.

"We were just a little shell-shocked," he said. "He was the hardest pitcher we've faced all year. That guy was better than us today, but we battled him hard."

In the first game of the day, it was Park City's Mark Trevino causing the problems for opposing hitters. Though he got into more jams than he is used to, he only allowed two runs in a complete game.

Green said that's what the Miners have come to expect from their ace.

"We've seen Mark better, but the good thing about Mark is that even when he's not at his best, he keeps you in the game," he said.

Green was also proud of Cole Tan for pitching five solid innings against Canyon View. Tan also hit several balls hard off Brinkerhoff after getting on base all four times against Juab in the previous game.


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"If we pitch the way we did today, we'll be able to hang in there against anyone," Green said.

Now Park City (17-8) will face a familiar foe at Dons' Field in Spanish Fork. On Thursday at 11 a.m., the Miners will take on Wasatch, a team with whom they split their season series.

The winner will advance to another game at 4:30 p.m. at Utah Valley University in Orem against the winner of the Spanish Fork/Juan Diego game.

Park City will need to get healthy to compete at a high level, according to Green. Tim Leary injured his finger on a bunt attempt against Canyon View and is still battling a sore shoulder. Blake Morin strained his oblique against Juab, Chandler Barkdull is still recovering from an injured hand, Griffin Churich is dealing with a back injury, and Scott Stokes is working his way back to full strength after breaking his finger.

But Green added that the Miners are going to keep battling until they physically can't play anymore.

"I'm proud of the way the kids have responded," he said. "In sports, you have to be able to play through the pain. There's a difference in 'I'm hurt' and 'I'm injured.'"

Green said the Miners will need big contributions from everyone on the roster to keep advancing.

"It's all hands on deck," he said. "The good news is there are eight teams in our position. It's not a great position, but it's better than the four teams that went home today."