Miners manage first win vs. Morgan
May 3, 2006
It may have taken awhile, but that didn’t matter to the Park City girls softball team, because it finally happened.
In a football-like score of 25-21 against Morgan, the Miners were able to light up their bats, defense and pitching to put together a victory.
"Our kids hit and played some of the best defense I’ve seen them play yet," said Miners head coach Jerry McMillan.
Park City’s success began on the mound. McMillan started his back-up varsity pitcher, Elizabeth Wells, who proved to be the secret ingredient in jump-starting the Miners.
"She did an amazing job," McMillan said.
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Throughout the contest, the lead went back and forth. In the bottom of the final inning, the Miners led by four runs and McMillan was counting on his defense to hold the team. A tired Wells rallied to pitch well, and the defense supported her.
McMillan was extremely proud of the defense throughout the game. Stephanie Stewart, who recently moved to the catcher position made numerous outs on batters stealing bases and even lured one Morgan runner into going for second base before convincingly throwing her out.
Late in the game, the lone senior, shortstop Val Coleman, was able to catch a pop fly with her bare hand before it bounced into her mitt.
"It turned into a real defensive slug-fest," said McMillan.
McMillan says that the Miners’ progression to this point has been very encouraging. In each region game, he has noticed the team’s talent and confidence increase. He added that the Morgan game was especially welcome, because the girls were finally able to have some fun on the field.
"It was nice to see them so excited," McMillan said. "Everyone was in the game and everyone contributed.
The girls were scheduled to play Uintah on Tuesday, but they have their sights set on the last game of the season against longtime, bitter rival, Judge Memorial. The Bulldogs are a middle-of-the-pack quality team, with a strong pitching staff. The Miners are hoping to take their momentum into the final game and give Judge a challenge they may not be expecting. The game will also mark Senior Day for Coleman, who will be playing in her final game in a Miners uniform.
Park City will host Judge on Friday at 3 p.m. at the Park City High School field.