Park City baseball goes into playoffs with 1 win, 1 loss
May 12, 2009
You win some, you lose some. The Park City High School baseball team racked up another victory Saturday morning, but suffered a defeat a few hours later.
The Region 10 champions started off the state playoffs with a solid 10-1 win against Carbon. However, in the afternoon, the tables were turned and the Miners lost to Cedar City 7-1.
This puts the team in the consolation bracket going into the next round of the state playoffs. "Coming up out of the losers’ bracket, you have to win about seven games in a two-or-three-day span. We have the pitching to do it, we just need to take a few breaks here and there and play our game," said head coach Howard Hoyt.
The Miners started off strong on Saturday, scoring five runs against Carbon within the first three innings.
Park City pitcher Garrett Tsao kept the opposing team’s hits to a minimum and Carbon wasn’t able to get a run until the fourth inning.
The Miners’ batting aptitude cooled off after the third inning but fired up again in the bottom of the sixth, when hits beyond the outfielders’ reach enabled them to bolster their lead by five additional runs.
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Hoyt described Saturday morning’s game as "solid all the way around." "We made very few mistakes and we made big hits when we needed them," he said. "It’s a good way to start the playoffs."
Hoyt also commended starting pitcher Tsao for numerous strikeouts and his ability to keep Carbon’s players off the bases. "Garrett did exactly what we needed him to do today," he said.
Tsao, a senior, said he started off the game a little hesistant, but it didn’t take long for him to "find a groove."
Park City players thought that if they went into the second game the same way as the first, they had a good shot at winning. "We just need to relax and go into the next game with the same attitude," said first baseman David Feasler.
"I think we need to pick up the intensity a little bit," added second baseman Adam Whitney.
Following the first Park City game, Logan and Cedar City vied for the chance to advance to the second round. Cedar City won 5-4 and prepared to play the Miners in the third matchup of the day.
Hoyt hoped his players would repeat their morning performance and get a jump on Cedar City with runs early in the game. "We like to strike early," he said.
However, it soon became clear that Cedar City, which was ranked third among 3A schools by the Deseret News, had the same strategy.
Cedar scored runs in the first few innings and prevented Park City players from getting around the bases.
"What hurt us was that we allowed Cedar to get ahead of us too quickly," Hoyt explained. "When you get to this level, if you let the other team get out there too far in front of you, it’s really tough to catch up with them. In the state playoffs, these teams aren’t going to make mistakes and they’re not going to let you back in."
Hoyt added that he was proud of his players on both the offensive and defensive ends. "All in all, I thought the guys played very well and that was the sentiment of the entire staff," he said. "There were very few mistakes and none that hurt us, but they hit us early, got out in front of us and we just couldn’t catch up to them."
Park City will play Emery at Spanish Fork High School Thursday, May 14, at 11 a.m. In the afternoon they will play at Kearns High School at 4:30 p.m. The final games of the state tournament are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Utah Valley University.
"We’re very positive going into Thursday and Friday this week as far as how the brackets shape up, and we anticipate going quite a ways this year," Hoyt said.