Miners drop summer opener
Lone Peak pitcher Tyler Hirsch made sure the summer baseball season didn’t start out the way the Park City High School team intended.
In a seven-inning shutout at PCHS on Monday evening, Hirsch fanned five Miners and allowed only three hits while helping his team win 5-0.
Despite the lopsided loss, Park City coach Lou Green said he saw some good things from his team.
"We don’t expect to come out here and go 20-0 in the summer. That’s not what we use the summer for," he said. "We try to use the summer as a tool to develop them individually bring them along at the plate, bring them along at their positions, let them play a couple new positions."
The summer baseball league features several teams from around the area, made up primarily of the players who will be on the varsity rosters next spring.
Green said Blake Morin showed some promise on the mound against Lone Peak, pitching three innings and allowing three runs.
"Blake is what he is," Green said. "He’s a strike thrower. He’s not going to walk guys. He gets quick outs when he’s going well."
Morin also showed some pop at the plate, collecting two of Park City’s three hits, both of which were doubles.
Green added that the offense should improve as the Miners get back in the swing of things.
"This is the first time we’ve played in a month," he said. "When you take a month off, the first time back out you’re going to be a little bit behind."
Plus, when Chandler Anderson and Griffin Churich return from vacations, Green said his team will be that much better off.
The Miners will also benefit from Ian Moritz’s presence for a while longer before he has to start preparing for football season. Moritz was Park City’s starting quarterback last year.
Green said he’s trying to find a spot where Moritz can play every day in the field after serving as the designated hitter for most of the spring season. He played third base on Monday.
"He made all the plays there today," he said. "We played him there a lot during the JV games this spring. We’ve got to find a position for him because he can hit, and I think (third base) is a good spot for him."
Chandler Barkdull, who started the game at his primary position of catcher, also played a few innings at shortstop.
"He’ll also see some time in center field this summer," Green said. "We’re trying to work some guys in at some new positions and see some things outside the norm."
Mark Trevino, who graduated from PCHS this spring, will be hanging around for several games this summer before heading to California for college this fall.
"He’s going to play a majority of our summer games just so he can stay in baseball shape before he heads to Redlands," Green said. "We always invite our outgoing seniors, if they’re playing college ball, to come back and play with us in the summers. Our league allows us to play two or three of those guys on our team."
And, he added, having Trevino around can only help the younger Miners.
"It’s good to have him," he said. "He’s a team leader and plays the game the right way."
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