Baseball team rolling in region
April 10, 2009
The Park City High School baseball team put the "d" in its dream this week. With three close defensive wins over Uintah and Wasatch, the boys took one step closer to their goal of finishing high in region play and in the state playoffs.
The team kicked things off on Monday at Uintah. Playing under sunny skies, the boys were able to hold off the Utes and come away with a tight 2-1 win. Park City head coach Howard Hoyt described the win as a duel involving both pitchers and the defense. Dakota Matherly was able to win the battle on the mound while Scott Neuenschwander and Adam Whitney turned in big plays in the outfield. Ultimately, it was the Miners’ four double plays that really made the difference.
"Defense determined the ultimate outcome," Hoyt said. "They battled through it. It could have gone either way."
The Miners had five hits while Matherly and fellow pitcher Marshall Crawford held the Utes to one run on four hits and had a combined five strikeouts.
Then on Wednesday, it was down to Wasatch for a doubleheader. The weather had turned to a frigid 40 degrees with considerable wind, but the Miners’ attitude was still high. The Miners won the early game 4-3 and then won again 4-2 in the nightcap. Both games followed a similar pattern to the Uintah game. The first game went eight innings and the second went late into the evening with nine.
In the first game, Park City had six hits and three RBIs. Park City’s David Feasler went 2-for-4 with a double and Parker Morin and Caleb Figge both hit.
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It was Figge’s triple that ended the first game. The Miners had locked horns with the Wasps with a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning and battled defensively, forcing seven Wasps to be left on base, until Figge broke the deadlock.
"It was a real battle," Hoyt said. "With Wasatch, it’s always going to be a good game."
But in contrast to other years where the Miners might have lost a close one, this season they have shown that extra something that allowed them to win.
"Experience and determination wins the day for them," Hoyt said. "It was an all-around team effort."
In the second game, it was more of the same. Matherly started the game and then reliever Alex Thomas came in and gave an extra spark to lead the team to the win.
. "He [Thomas] just threw down. He threw a tremendous game," Hoyt said.
Offensively, the Miners had four runs on five hits including two doubles — one from Neuenschwander and the other from Schuyler Barkdull.
"Everyone contributed in this game," Hoyt said.
With nine starting "weapons," as Hoyt calls them, and a bench full of would-be starters on another team, a lot of the Miners’ success has come from their talent.
"It’s not too hard to make a lineup these days," Hoyt joked. "Most teams have two, three, four guys to call on I got 12 guys who do that."
This time, Wasatch left 11 runners on base, and Chris Shapard and Barkdull made numerous plays in the outfield to keep the Wasps from scoring.
"It’s cold, dark and miserable and these guys stuck it out," Hoyt said. "They are a scrappy team."
The Miners output was also praiseworthy considering that the weather had forced them into a 15-day layoff. Although they could only practice indoors in the high school gym and the Basin Recreation Field House, Hoyt was impressed at how fresh the team seemed.
The Miners will have a another packed week of Region 10 play next week with a game on the road against Union at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and a doubleheader against their biggest rival and defending state champion, Judge Memorial, on Friday starting at home at 2:30 p.m.