Lady Miners to tackle one of state’s best |

Lady Miners to tackle one of state’s best

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

Awaiting the Park City High School softball team is a team that absolutely destroys the ball.

The Manti Lady Templars are 15-7 this year and have three hitters with at least six home runs one with 11 long balls.

Park City, 7-13, and fourth overall in Region 10, will travel to Manti this morning for the first-round playoff matchup.

Miners’ coach Alissa Smith said she is working on getting her girls to believe they can pull off an upset.

"I think the one thing I really want them to do, win or lose, is to think they really can do it," she said. "A lot of what we’ve been talking about this week is that we can play with them if we want to."

Smith said she wants her team to recognize its potential rather than crashing early on, something the team has done throughout the season.

"We just, every once in a while, we do that weird implosion thing," Smith said. "I think sometimes we question ourselves and our skill. It’s incredibly frustrating as a coach.

"Sometimes, they just don’t really realize their own potential."

Park City is led this year by senior Laura Kubicki, who has smashed eight homers and six doubles, along with Shelby Johnstun (two home runs, two doubles), Sam Aragon (one triple, five doubles) and Morgan Cormier (one triple, five doubles).

The Miners will rely on a pair of pitchers in sophomore Cass Chester and freshman Casey Picillo.

"We’ve held really good hitting teams to no runs for a couple innings before implosions," Smith said.

She said she hopes to rely on some of her seniors to help some of the younger players maneuver through the high stakes of the playoffs.

"Any coach hopes to see the other girls step up and lead," Smith said. "I think in this game, we’re going to put the best team we have out there.

"We’re going to allow the seniors to step up."

If the Miners beat Manti, they will come back to Park City to prepare for state. If they lose, they’ll drop into the loser’s bracket and play for their postseason lives in hopes of advancing to state later today. The tournament next weekend is in St. George.

"They just need to keep on trucking forward and playing their game," Smith said. "The hardest part is letting them believe that they can. It’s just another game. The most important game is the one you’re playing tomorrow."

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