Miners finally play Union and win
April 17, 2009
While spring break and the recent snowfall meant a week full of fun for most students, it only meant a long, cold bus ride for the Park City High School baseball team.
The Miners were scheduled to host Union first on Tuesday, weather forced a postponement until Wednesday. Finally, by Thursday, the nonstop snow forced them to play in Roosevelt instead. Luckily they weren’t too fazed by all of the changes, beating the Cougars 11-4.
Still, even with the lopsided win, the Park City coaching staff wanted to more. On one hand they were happy to see the Miners finally get past the Cougars after losing to them three times last year, but they also felt that the team could have avoided a few mistakes.
The concern came in the situational hitting. The Miners left 10 runners on base in the Union game, mostly due to difficulties with bunting. Against Union this wasn’t a huge problem, because the Miners’ scoring kept them afloat, but in bigger games they might not be so lucky.
There were some bright spots including doubles from Parker Morin and Scott Neuenschwander and a triple from Schuyler Barkdull. The coaches were especially pleased with second baseman Adam Whitney, who played nearly flawlessly both offensively and defensively. Whitney was able to lay down bunts when needed, going 2-for-3 in hitting, and caught a number of hard hits in the field.
The Park City defense was also solid. According to Park City assistant coach Matt Strader the team committed only two errors.
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"Defensively, it was one of our better games," Strader said.
The Miners were also able to use three pitchers — Garrett Tsao, Dakota Matherly and Chris Shapard but didn’t waer out their arms so they will be available for the weekend’s games.
The coaches want to see more out of the Miners because Saturday they will need to be ready to play the best games of the season. Park City plays a doubleheader against its nemesis and defending state champion Judge Memorial. The Miners have been waiting all season to test their talented team against the highly-skilled Bulldogs, but weather keeps pushing scheduled games back. The Bulldogs lost last week to Uintah, so they can be beaten. The Park City coaches say that they have a strategy for Saturday and are expecting a big game from their players. If the Miners can win one or even both of the games against Judge they will be in position to vy for the top spot in Region 10.
"We’re playing for the driver’s set for the region championships," Strader said.
The Miners will play Saturday at the Kearns High School field, 5525 Cougar Lane in Salt Lake City, beginning at 1 p.m.