Miners conclude best season in program history
PCHS baseball finished as the third-best team in 3A
It was a situation Park City, and specifically Ben Agnew, have been in before.
At Thursday afternoon’s matchup between the Park City and Pine View baseball teams in the UHSAA 3A state quarterfinals, the season was on the line. The game was tied 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning. With a runner in scoring position, Agnew, who was a walk-off hero in a game against Stansbury earlier this year, knew he could save the Miners’ season.
“We were all comfortable with driving in the last run,” Agnew said. “I was just confident because I had done it before and I knew my teammates knew I could do it, too. Even though our season didn’t end how we wanted it to, I know everyone on our team will remember that game and how it ended forever.”
The sophomore saw a pitch he liked and made contact with the ball, sending the pitch flying to right-center field. It found the gap, which in turn brought the runner, Van Rabe, home for the game-winning run, sending Park City to the state semifinals, a place it’s never been before.
“An amazing year; the best year that this program has ever had,” Feasler said. “It was the first time ever playing on the second Saturday of the state tournament [for this program], finishing in third place; the best finish that we’ve ever had.”
The accomplishments of the 2017 season for the Miners — which included a Region 10 title, a handful of walk-off performances and a no-hitter thrown by Ryan Brady — were enough to almost forget the 19-1 loss to Dixie on Friday and the 20-3 loss to Snow Canyon on Saturday in the following games at UVU that eliminated Park City from contention.
Those games weren’t fun, Feasler said, but by finishing as the third-best team in the state in 3A, there’s much to celebrate.
“Obviously, it was disappointing to go out the way we did, but we ran into two really good teams,” Feasler said. “That doesn’t take away anything from this season. We told [the players], ‘Whatever happens, enjoy it.’ I think that regardless of how the season ends, even if you do win the trophy, there’s going to be tears because you’re not playing with the same group of guys ever again.”
The Miners finished the season with a 22-5 record, which included a stretch where they forgot how to lose for 13 straight contests. The senior leadership played a large part in the success, Feasler said, making sure to mention each one of the team’s five seniors — Brady, Josh Lansky, Sam Starley, Joe Simmons and Zack Luna — as a pivotal piece to the team.
In addition to his leadership, Brady’s consistent arm was a big reason why the Miners got as far as they did. As a BYU commit, Brady looks forward to playing at the collegiate level next season, he said nothing can replace the last ride he took with his fellow Miners.
“I couldn’t have asked for better coaches or better teammates than what I got in my senior season,” Brady said. “This group of guys deserved every bit of success we saw, and I will never forget my senior year as a Park City Miner.”
The 2017 season, Feasler’s first season as head coach, was a big step in the right direction for the Miners, he said, adding the last two games at the state tournament proved there’s work left to be done.
“I’m looking forward to my first summer here in the program,” Feasler said. “I get to work with the kids pretty much all summer. We’re playing in some good tournaments. Going into the fall, we just need to build upon what we put in place this year and really kind of work to develop the skills that we need to win those last two games.”
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