Miners win in Summit County showdown
A little rain couldn’t stop the play of Summit County rivals Park City and North Summit on the baseball diamond in Coalville on Tuesday afternoon. In what became a slow-building power struggle, the Miners finally came way with the 7-5 win.
The Miners were able to use a slight break in the wet weather to shoot out to an early lead by scoring two runs in the third inning and two more in the fifth. Up 4-0, Park City headed into the bottom of the inning with confidence, but miscues on defense soon cost team as they allowed the Braves four runs to tie up the score.
In the seventh inning, Andrew Hoyt put Park City ahead with a home run, but the Braves tied things up again heading into the eighth inning. Head coach Buster Schwab said at that point, his players made the decision to rally for the win. Brett Sanchez got things started with a lead off double. Later in the inning, freshman Scott Neuenschwander had a single with bases loaded to drive in the two more runs and give Park City the two-point edge, 7-5. North Summit was unable to answer back, and the Miners walked away with what Schwab called one of the best wins of the year.
"All the players thought it was our best team effort of the year, because it took the whole team to win," Schwab said.
Schwab said that the steady play of Hoyt and Nelson on the mound to keeping the ball in play, also contributed to the win.
The victory comes following a string of wins for the Miners this week, after missing much of the beginning of the season due to cold weather cancellations and the rescheduling of games.
On Friday, the Miners beat Ogden 7-2. Freshmen Atlee Schwab and Hoyt and junior Ricky Malott led the team in scoring. Pitcher Skyler Britton contributed to the win behind the plate.
The following day, the Miners traveled to North Sanpete to earn a 9-5 win. According to Schwab, the Miners did everything they needed to do to win. Matt Gage helped shore up the early lead by scoring a two-out double in the sixth inning. On defense, outfielders Jeff Allen and Greg Method, and Hoyt at shortstop were able to hold North Sanpete at bay. The young Schwab and Alex Thomas anchored the pitching position.
The junior varsity and freshman teams also recorded wins against all three teams.
"Up to this point, our junior varsity and frosh teams have not lost and continue to play and learn the finer things about the game," Schwab said.
Schwab said that pitchers Christian Faulkner, Danny Castenellos and John Popiel and catcher Ian Painter have all been important for the junior varsity. On the freshman team, pitchers John Draxton and Chris Shapard and defensive players Adam Whitney and Marshall have all contributed to help Park City with their recent wins.
"The program is going in the right direction and with all of the younger players stepping up and getting the much needed experience, it bodes well for the future of Park City baseball," Schwab said.
The Miners will try to continue their winning ways this weekend with games against Juab and Emery and then start the Region 10 schedule next week at Wasatch on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
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