Miners keep rolling against Union
After starting off the Region 10 season with a narrow 2-0 victory at Uintah on April 2, the Park City High School baseball team has been on fire, winning three straight games by 10 or more runs.
On Thursday and Friday afternoons, the Union Cougars were the Miners’ victims, falling by scores of 17-5 and 12-2.
Senior Mark Trevino picked up the win on Thursday at Union and senior Cole Tan was the victor on Friday afternoon.
Due to snowfall in Park City, Friday’s game was moved to Southfield Park in Heber City. However, the last minute change didn’t prevent the Miners from earning another win.
Though Tan struggled at times, he managed to hold the Cougars to just two runs, thanks to some solid defense.
"He wasn’t nearly as sharp as he was last week," Park City coach Lou Green said. "But good pitchers can find ways to win when they don’t have their best stuff."
"I was struggling to find the zone, getting behind a lot of people and not pitching my style," Tan said. "But we hit really well today, so it didn’t really matter. It’s nice to know your stuff is still good enough to get people out on a bad day."
Offensively, Green was happy with his team’s performance.
"Even the outs that we made, they were laser beams all over the field," he said. "I felt like we could have scored 20 runs today with the way we were hitting the ball."
The middle of the order provided most of the pop for the Miners. Sophomore Chandler Anderson led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple and scored on a single by Trevino, and Trevino and senior Tim Leary hit back-to-back RBI triples in the sixth inning.
But the bottom of the lineup contributed too, with sophomore Ian Moritz driving in three runs on the afternoon, and juniors Blake Morin and TJ Mayo dropping down bunts to advance runners.
"After the early season, our bunts weren’t going down," Mayo said. "So we’ve been practicing bunts every single day. And it came of use today."
Mayo’s bunt was a squeeze play in the bottom of the third inning, scoring Moritz. He said he was confident he’d be able to do the job when he saw the sign from his third-base coach.
"I was just like, ‘Wherever the pitch is, I’ve gotta get it down," he said.
Green said Friday’s performance showed just how potent the Miners’ lineup can be.
"That’s the good thing about our lineup; we’re fairly balanced," he said. "One through nine, we’re not going to be overpowered."
Park City (12-5 overall, 4-0 in Region 10) was scheduled to play at Judge Memorial on Tuesday, with a home game against the Bulldogs set for Thursday afternoon.
With Judge, Juan Diego and Wasatch left on their schedule, Green said the Miners are ready to prove they are one of the best teams in the state.
"We’ve got six games to become region champs," Green said. "All three teams are going to have chips on their shoulders, especially Judge and Wasatch, being our two biggest rivals. We’re looking forward to it."
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