Baseball struggles against strong Wasps
It’s always a tall order to face one of the top teams in the league near the end of the season.
Thus was the case on Friday afternoon, when the Park City High School baseball team faced the Wasatch Wasps in Heber. Originally scheduled as a home game for the Miners, the Park City High School remodel forced the game to be played on the Wasatch field. The Miners struggled midway through the game, crawling into a deficit they couldn’t reverse, and losing 14-4.
"These guys are clearly the best team in region," Miners head coach Buster Schwab said.
Although the boys baseball team is currently sitting at the bottom of Region 10, they are still conceivably in the playoff hunt. Competing in what is perhaps the most competitive region in the 3A class, every game counts for the Miners and a few end of the season wins could still earn them some postseason action.
In the first two innings on Friday, the boys were only down four run. But, in the third inning, things started to get out of hand. The Miners allowed nine runs, and lost composure for the remainder of the game.
"Some hit and miscues on us and it’s a nine-run inning," Schwab said.
Schwab says that with a younger team, the ability to remain confident and poised in the deficit is an art to still be learned.
"We’re not a team that does well coming from behind," Schwab said.
The Miners rallied to score four runs in the next two innings, but it was not enough against one of the toughest teams in region.
For Schwab, it was a disappointing outing at a point in the season where every game counts. This week, The Miners face Union and Morgan in important games, and a win against Wasatch would have put them in better position.
"We just didn’t come to play," Schwab said. "Everything must come together from here on out."
"From here on out," includes the game scheduled against Union on Tuesday and another with Morgan on Friday. Schwab is confident that the 4-8 Miners will match up well with both teams and earn the important wins. Two more region wins the next week would put them back at .500 and in good position to play in the postseason.
"I think we’ll do well next week and then we’ll have to roll some dice to get to the playoffs," Schwab said.
Park City will host North Summit on Wednesday, April 26 at 4 p.m. in a county rematch from earlier in the season, where the Miners barely beat the Braves late in the game.
The Miners will also host Morgan at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 28. The Miners will likely be able to return to their home diamond at the high school if repairs to the outfield have been completed.
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