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Miners narrowly miss softball playoffs

Needing a win to break a tie for the final state playoff spot in Region 10, the Miners lost the third installment of a dramatic series with the American Leadership Academy on Wednesday in Heber City.

"We were tight," said Miners head coach Scott Chester. "The pressure definitely got to them. But we would have been crazy to expect them to be able to handle that."

The young Park City team was beaten 9-7, but the Miners didn’t go easy. With two outs and none on, PCHS put runners on second and third, setting up junior outfielder Alyssa Marsh, who hit the game-winning single against ALA on the same diamond earlier this season. Alas, this time Marsh’s hit up the middle was snared by the pitcher to end the game.

All said, the Miners totaled 17 hits against ALA, but left 12 runners on base.

Chester said ALA’s coach called him Thursday morning to tell him his girls should "keep their chin up" after making so much progress and showing so much heart.

"They just battled and battled," Chester said. "They’ll learn from that."

The lesson seemed to have sunk in for Thursday’s non-region season finale against Ben Lomond, which the Miners won 17-15.

Junior first baseman Sam Aragon had five RBIs for PCHS, while the team’s only true senior, outfielder Annalisa Harty gave herself a proper send-off with two singles and three runs.

Junior shortstop Laura Kubicki capped her remarkable season with a 4-for-5 performance, knocking a two-run homer, a double and two singles to finish with a .639 average and 93 total bases in just 66 plate appearances. The home run was her 10th, ranking second in the state despite playing three to six fewer games than anybody else in the top six.

Chester said he can’t wait for next season to start, when Park City might benefit from a rules change that has mounds three feet back to allow hitters more time to see the ball at the plate.


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