Park City progresses in baseball playoffs
Saturday, the Miners played two games in one day with two very different outcomes.
In first round-baseball playoff cction, Park City met up with Dixie, the 2006 state championship runner-up in the morning and suffered a 10-0 shut out. But by the afternoon they bounced back with a shutout of their own, soundly beating No. 2-seeded Carbon, 14-0.
"For us to upset them was a big deal," Park City head coach Howard Hoyt said.
Hoyt said it was all about rest and relaxation.
"We took them back to the hotel and didn’t let them go back outside," said Hoyt, chuckling.
In the first game against Dixie, the Miners struggled to play their game. Offensively, only Andrew Hoyt and Parker Morin had hits.
"When you can’t find the strike zone, you’ve got a problem," Hoyt said. "Offensively we didn’t show up against Dixie."
Defensively, they simply couldn’t contain the Flyers.
"It was a game in which we didn’t play up to our abilities," Hoyt said.
Luckily, after a short respite, the Miners returned to the ballpark ready to play against Carbon. Andrew Hoyt got the nod to pitch and drew a two-hit shutout pitching a complete game, but the real story was the reawakening of the Park City bats. All of the Miners starters got hits in the Carbon game with only two strikeouts. Senior Ricky Mallot led the charge going 1-for-2 with five RBIs. The rest of his team was not far behind. Andrew Hoyt and Morin both had three runs, and a number of players recorded one or two runs.
"Everyone swung at it," Hoyt said.
Things were clicking on the other side of things as well, with only one error in the entire game.
"It’s a funny thing, when your pitching shows up, your defense shows up," Hoyt said.
Hoyt says that Park City has the talent to put together a game like that every time, and will have to from here on in order to beat some of the best teams in the state. The Miners have already achieved their goal of being the first Park City baseball squad in four years to advance to the playoffs and now they have their sights setting on winning in the next round.
To do that, they will have to beat Juan Diego on Thursday. Ranked as the No. 3 team in the state during the regular season, the Soaring Eagle will pose a tough challenge. Fortunately, the Miners played them in a practice game last week where they lost by just one run, 10-9. According to Hoyt, the two teams are matched in their pitching and hitting abilities, but Juan Diego is known for clean, mistake-free play. Hoyt says that the Soaring Eagle is beatable, but the Miners will have to have a Carbon-like game to do so.
"If we get out there and play our game and don’t let early mistakes unravel us, we’ll be alright," Hoyt said.
Andrew Hoyt will pitch once again and all games for the rest of the 3A tournament will be single-elimination.
The Miners will face Juan Diego on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Spanish Fork High School.
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