Miners topple Uinta for Region 10 title
May 8, 2009
Park City baseball supporters came to bat over the weekend to encourage the district and the Utah High School Activities Association to allow the athletes to play. Park City teams were in jeopardy of forfeiting their remaining games due to the confirmation of swine flu in Summit County.
"Many of our graduating seniors will not have the opportunity to close out their high school athletic careers as their predecessors have; and we also need to consider the top-tier athletes many who are still being recruited and evaluated by college coaches and scouts. To deny them this opportunity may have life-long repercussions," wrote Bob Hughes, the parent of a PCHS baseball player, in a letter to school administrators and local and national media outlets.
Fortunately the irked parents and players didn’t have to take their campaign far beyond the home plate. On Tuesday morning, the district gave the green light for high school activities to resume, and by Tuesday afternoon the baseball team was back on the field.
Park City was scheduled to play Uinta in a doubleheader Tuesday, but due to miscommunication and transportation conflicts, 3A representatives determined that the best option would be for the teams to play a single game, winner takes all all being the Region 10 title.
If Uintah thought they had the advantage over a team that hadn’t held official practices over the past five days, Park City proved quickly that was not the case. The Miners scored three runs in the first inning, followed by two more in the second.
Park City starting pitcher Marshall Crawford kept most of Uinta’s batters off the bases through the second inning and they scored their first (and only) two runs in the top of the third.
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From there, Park City continued to hit hard, but the balls were falling right into the hands of the opposing team, explained head coach Howard Hoyt. The teams stalemated at 5-2, which held through the remaining innings and became the final score.
"It was a good tune-up for the guys. They’re still swingin’ it they didn’t seem to lose a step at all with the downtime," said Hoyt. "I think that this gives them good momentum coming into the first round of playoffs this weekend."
Park City will play Carbon at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning at home, as well as either Logan or Cedar City at 4 p.m., depending on the outcome of the 1 p.m. game between those teams. If the team wins Saturday afternoon, they will play in the winning bracket Thursday at Utah Valley University; if they lose, they’ll travel to Spanish Fork Thursday.
"We have one of the tougher brackets," Hoyt said. Still, Park City is the only region champion in this weekend’s match-ups. Carbon took fourth in their region, Cedar took second and Logan took third.
Park City played Cedar City in the preseason and lost, but Hoyt said that doesn’t have any bearing on his players. "That was preseason," he said. "Teams get a whole lot better as they progress and get more experience and work together."
Hoyt said he planned to switch up his pitchers for optimum results on Saturday. "Garrett Tsao will get the nod in the morning game against Carbon, and then we’ll probably use Dakota Matherly in the second game, and Marshall Crawford will be the No. 2 or No. 3 guy depending on how the games go."
Since Marshall pitched most of the innings against Uintah, Hoyt said he’d prefer to give him another day’s rest before retuning to the mound. "If we need to use him this week we will, if not we’ll get him rested for Thursday."
"It’s going to be a good week in baseball," Hoyt concluded.
The state baseball finals will be held Saturday, May 16, at Utah Valley University.