Miners lose late season heartbreaker
It was an evening of "if only’s," for the Park City boys baseball team on Friday after losing a close 10-9 game to the Morgan Trojans earlier in the afternoon.
"It was a drag," said Miners head coach Buster Schwab. "Every mistake becomes glaring."
The "if only’s" came mostly in the form of pitching and errors that would eventually cost the Miners the win.
Andrew Hoyt started the game, but soon struggled with the umpire, who called the game in an NCAA style, with a tight strike zone.
"He’s one of those kids, that when he gets frustrated he tries even harder," Schwab said.
Hoyt’s frustration eventually led to four walks in the third inning, which Morgan soon converted into four runs. In the fourth, Reed Nelson replaced him. The new hurler was more comfortable with the tight calls, but hit the first batter he pitched against, forcing another walk.
Where the Miners didn’t struggle, was at the plate. They out-hit the Trojans and recorded two triples and four doubles in the game.
"It was one of those days where everything was working offensively," Schwab said. "Everyone swung the bat well until the last out," Schwab said.
The Miners went up early in the game, leading 5-2 in the second, before the walks came.
"When you give up four runs, you don’t deserve to win the baseball game," Schwab said.
In the sixth, The Miners were able to score three runs to put them within one run of the Trojans at 10-9.
"We had hits, bunts, everything," Schwab said.
Park City missed a sign to push the fifth run, an error that would haunt them in the final inning.
The defense held in the seventh, leaving Park City needing at least one run to tie. With bases loaded and two outs, The Miners were unable to get the final necessary run and lost the game in heart-breaking fashion.
One bright spot for the Miners was they were finally able to play on their home field after months of waiting on weather and the high school reconstruction. Schwab said the large home crowd and cheering really helped the boys in their offensive production.
"We’ve got a great crowd," Schwab said. "People were going crazy."
The loss officially knocks Park City out of playoff contention.
The Miners are scheduled to play Uintah on Tuesday and close out their season with back-to-back games against Judge on Thursday and Friday. The first of the Judge series is make-up game from earlier in the season, and the other will mark the final game of the season.
Friday’s game will be Senior Day for Miners, as well as Schwab’s last game as head coach before moving to California in June.
Although Judge has the best pitching staff in the region, they have struggled elsewhere and only have two wins in league play. Schwab says that nothing would be sweeter than if the boys to send him out with a win against their biggest rival. Wins against Judge and Uintah will also determine which of the two teams makes it into the postseason.
"It would be a nice way to stick it to them and knock them down in the standings," Schwab said.
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 Thursday, May 4 and then host them at home on Friday at 3 p.m.
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