Park City can’t fly past Soaring Eagle
The Miners playoff game against Juan Diego started out harmlessly enough, with Park City taking an early one-run lead by Parker Morin. It even ended harmlessly with only two runs apiece scored by each team in the final five innings. But it was a second inning, where Juan Diego scored seven runs that did the damage. The Miners eventually lost to Juan Diego 9-3.
It was the second that was the dagger," Park City head coach Howard Hoyt said. "It was not the way I wanted the season to end."
The scoring spree wasn’t all Park City’s fault. In total, the Soaring Eagle scored only three earned runs, but walks in the second after two pitches brushed players cost the Miners.
"I think that a couple of physical errors opened up the door for them," Hoyt said.
Juan Diego’s Ryan Elorreaga, Michael Rottini and Rob Lovato all recorded RBIs to give them the seven-run lead from which the Miners could never recover.
In the fourth inning, Park City managed to score two more runs, but then failed to put any more points on the board.
Park City came within one run of beating Juan Diego in a practice game before the playoffs, so the Soaring Eagle added two more runs as insurance.
"Cramblitt [Juan Diego head coach] was still trying to score runs just in case we scored runs," Hoyt said.
He said that his team was likely not too affected by their game last week with the Soaring Eagle. They knew that they were fairly well-matched talent-wise, and so Hoyt just told them to go out there and play their best game.
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Andrew did a great job, he just didn’t get the support he needed," Hoyt. "He threw flys and ground balls. He threw well tonight."
The Miners will be losing much of their starting pitching staff, with Brett Sanchez and Ricky Mallot also graduating, but Hoyt says that he has plenty of talent in the pipeline.
"We’ve got young guys that can throw," said Hoyt, smiling.
In fact, the Miners’ appearance in the playoffs was the first in four years a testament to the growing baseball development programs in Park City, Hoyt said. He expects the talent level to only increase in the coming years and playoff appearances to be a regular occurrence.
"This year is a culmination of the last four years," Hoyt said.
Hoyt said that after the game he made sure to remind his team that the loss was just one small defeat among a number of accomplishments, including achieving two of three goals to make it to the first round, and then the second, failing only to reach their third goal a trip to the finals.
"Three out of five not bad," Hoyt said.
In a few weeks, the Miners will return to the diamond for summer league baseball. A number of seniors will return to coach and Hoyt looks forward to a summer,s worth of improving skill and talent for next year’s prep season.
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