PCHS baseball: Miners lasso Cowboys in opener
March 9, 2012
Following Park City’s season-opening victory over Grantsville Monday afternoon, Miners’ head baseball coach Lou Green said he felt bad for his players.
The 8-5 victory was a big step, he said, but he won’t let his players rest their laurels on a preseason triumph.
"A lot of coaches probably would’ve been on top of the world," he said with a chuckle, "but I’m one of those guys who is never happy."
The Miners were able to leave Grantsville with a win thanks to impressive at-bats in key situations. Green said Park City had five two-out RBI against the Cowboys and were able to score eight runs on just six total hits. The Miners walked a total of 10 times against Grantsville, something Green said was unexpected but more than welcome.
"You take what you can get," he said. "It’s hard to lose when you have five two-out RBIs."
Park City was able to wrangle the Cowboys despite only two hits combined from the trio of Brae Dilley, Conner Lagnese and Mark Trevino, who are expected to carry the Miner offense this season. Trevino recorded Park City’s only extra-base hit.
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"If somebody told me we’d score eight runs with a combined two hits from those guys, I would have laughed them out of the building," Green said. "Again, guys who are question marks for us this season stepped up." Guys like sophomore third baseman Blake Morin, who, Green said, walked three times, had a base hit and stole a base for Park City.
"He was our standout of the game," Green said. "As a sophomore, to come in there and do that kind of job for us is huge. He carries himself with professionalism. I feel like he’s going to do things for us."
Green said freshmen Chandler Barkdull and Chandler Anderson, both vying for the starting catcher job, had impressive outings as well. Barkdull earned the nod behind the plate against Grantsville, while Anderson was in right field. Green said he was impressed by Anderson’s athleticism.
"He had three sliding or diving catches," he said. "The first ball he saw in a varsity game was a line drive and he caught it on his knees. He played a heck of a game for us."
Green said first-year second baseman Ryan Stokes also had a mark on game, knocking a two-RBI single up the middle with two outs.
But he said Park City does have work to do, especially at the plate. The 10 walks the Miners drew were almost matched by nine strikeouts four of them looking.
"Never a good thing," he said. "You’ve got to be able to put the bat on the ball in two-strike situations. A lot of that comes with more maturity and more at-bats."
Park City started off its season on the right foot, and more importantly to Green, those early-season question marks could turn into exclamation points if the youngsters can continue contributing early on.
"For six innings, we had two freshmen and two sophomores playing in TJ Mayo, Morin, Barkdull and Anderson," he said. "It’s hard to complain about playing young guys when they’re giving you that kind of production."