Miners go 1-1 to start season
Fielding a young, inexperienced team, the Park City High School baseball team finds itself with a record of 1-1 two games into the 2013 season.
The Miners, who will play their first 12 games on the road, defeated Provo 3-1 on Tuesday before falling to Grantsville 7-3 on Wednesday.
Against Provo, the Miner defense was sharp, allowing only seven hits and making only one error.
"We had our senior (Mark) Trevino on the mound," PCHS coach Lou Green said. "So that helps us."
At the plate, Chandler Anderson and Tim Leary each had doubles to lead the charge.
Wednesday against Grantsville, the Miners once again found themselves in a position to pull out a win with the score tied at 3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. But a four-run barrage from Grantsville ended the Miners’ chances of starting the season 2-0.
Green said his team still has a lot to learn, but games like Wednesday’s will help the players gain much-needed varsity experience.
"We’re making young mistakes," he said. "(Grantsville is) a good squad and they’re well coached. They didn’t make many mistakes."
Overall, Green said the offense needs to hit a little bit better, but he thinks the team is going in the right direction.
"We’ve hit a few balls hard that haven’t fallen in," he said. "So that doesn’t help."
He added that sophomore Ian Moritz has been a bright spot at the plate, leading a group of six new players in the starting lineup.
"He has come out absolutely on fire," Green said.
Though Green said he expected the team to be 2-0 at this point, he is seeing players step up and fill much-needed roles offensively and defensively.
"I don’t ever plan to lose," he said. "We were good enough to win Wednesday. But we’re 1-1 now, and I expect to finish the season 21-1."
The Miners were back in action on Friday afternoon (after this issue went to press) against Orem, a tough 4A squad.
Though the Miners are playing a tough non-Region schedule, Green said the competition will help his players in April.
"The whole month of March is a tough month for us," he said. "But if we make it through, we’ll be more prepared for the Region 10 season than any other team."
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Chase Campbell, a Park City High School sophomore, has a busy summer schedule, including the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships on July 22-23.