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Miners experience tough start in region

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

Region baseball play has not exactly begun the way Miners head coach Buster Schwab envisioned. On Wednesday, Park City suffered its third loss in the regular season, a 6-0 blanking.

The shutout on Wednesday was somewhat shocking coming after a 9-4 Park City win against Union on Monday. In that game, the Miners quickly jumped onto the scoreboard with an early 6-0 lead, off of hits by Greg Method and a three-run home run by Andrew Hoyt.

"We went into the game as loose as I have seen a Park City baseball team in my tenure," Schwab said.

The other key to the game was consistency. The Miners played six innings of strong defense and ace pitcher Brett Sanchez had a steady game. It wasn’t until the seventh inning that the Miners started to lose focus and gave up four runs.

According to Schwab, an abandonment of the basics is to blame for all three of the losses for the 1-3 Miners. In the Wasatch and Morgan outings, the team failed to hit well, and against Uintah, a failure to catch the ball led to key runs for the Utes.

"I thought we were a better team," Schwab said "In the end, it was those little mistakes that loomed large."

The Miners have shown flashes of brilliance both at the plate and in the field, but thus far in region have not been able to put the two together. Park City outhit Uintah and had respectable pitching from Atlee Schwab and Reed Nelson, but too many errors got the team in trouble

"This is a game where you have to make the routine plays and most everything else will take care of itself," Schwab said.

Schwab said that he was particularly disappointed with Wednesday’s performance against Morgan, because it was what he described as a "must-win" for the Miners. A win would have put the Miners in prime position for a shot at the region title. With six games left on the region schedule, Park City is looking to increase its chances to make the playoffs in May.

Schwab says that this season, Region 10 may be the most competitive in the entire 3A class, so maintaining a positive frame of mind and self-confidence will be the key to putting the Miners back in the win column.

Things won’t get any easier for the Miners. They take on region title contender Judge Memorial on Tuesday. Schwab is hoping that his team can come back to the basics and play a fundamentally sound game in order to have a chance at beating the Bulldogs.

The Miners play Judge Memorial at St. Ann’s School located at 450 East and 2100 South in Salt Lake City at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18.


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