Miners stay alive with first-round win
The Park City High School team needed to win one of two games on Saturday, May 8, to move on in the Class 3A state playoffs. Knowing that feared hosts Juan Diego awaited in the afternoon game, the Miners decided that at 7-2 down in the bottom of the seventh against Cedar, their time was now.
Park City scored six runs in the dramatic bottom of the seventh inning on home runs from Brea Dilley and Connor Howard. Amazingly, they started the rally with an out to spare and nobody on base after a Skyler Barkdull line drive was snagged for the second out.
"That’s something nobody will ever forget," said PCHS head coach Terry Phillips. "Although it would be nice to get a lead and get out ahead for once."
Cedar scored four times in the second inning and twice more in the fourth, while PCHS senior David Feasler hit a 2-RBI double for the Miners’ only other runs in the third. Feasler also entered the game as a pitcher in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the final two batters for the save.
Park City had no magic answer for Juan Diego, coming off a 13-3 win over Delta. The Miners had the bases loaded in the first inning with one out after a walk issued to David Snyder, a single from Feasler and a walk to Howard, but Parker Ruttan’s line drive was caught by the second baseman, who doubled up Howard and set the tone for a 12-0 blowout.
"The win just kind of came out of our sails on that play," Phillips said.
The Miners will play Union on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Taylorsville, competing against seven other teams for the final two semifinal spots in the double elimination tournament. Region 10 powerhouse Carbon was beaten twice in the first round and eliminated from contention.
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