PCHS baseball team busts up Union
April 2, 2010
The Park City High School baseball team is off on the right foot in defense of its 2009 Region 10 championship.
The Miners (7-2 overall, 1-0 Region 10) broke the ice on their region season Tuesday, visiting Roosevelt to beat Union 10-6 in severe wind gusts at the backs of the hitters.
Senior Kam Paulsen hit a second-inning solo home run to break out of an early season slump and help PCHS to 10 runs in just the first four innings.
"The wind was blowing out like 80 mph, but it’s good to get some confidence back for (Paulsen)," said head coach Terry Phillips. "We need that from him."
The Miners also got standout performances from juniors Skyler Barkdull, who went 4-for-4 to raise his season average to .370, and Connor Howard, who is batting an even .400 after going 3-for-3 against Union.
Barkdull has 11 hits over his last four games since his conversion from shortstop to outfield, where Phillips said he is more comfortable.
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"He started out slow, but now he’s just mashing the ball," Phillips said. "We knew he would end up doing this."
Phillips said the lineup protection of Barkdull hitting No. 2 and Howard hitting clean-up has given senior David Feasler more pitches to hit in the No. 3 spot bad news for opponents. Feasler, who has 16 RBIs in just nine games, settled for a single and a run scored Tuesday.
Senior teammate Dakota Matherly excelled on the mound for Park City, recording 10 strikeouts and no walks in a seven-inning game. He conceded only seven hits, but two of them went into the jet stream and sailed out of the park, Phillips said.
The Miners played at American Leadership Academy after The Record went to press on Friday, with Phillips likely using less-experienced pitchers to save aces Feasler and Matherly.
They will travel to face Wasatch on Tuesday over Spring Break before their first home game against Carbon a week later.