Miners one win away from title
Wednesday’s home game against Juan Diego didn’t go as planned for the Park City High School baseball team.
The Miners, who entered the game with a perfect 7-0 record in Region 10 play, got off to a rocky start against the Soaring Eagle, committing two errors in the first inning on dropped fly balls en route to a 16-9 loss.
After spotting Juan Diego four runs in the first, the Miners clawed their way back into the game, eventually taking an 8-7 lead into the sixth inning.
But Park City allowed three runs in the top of the sixth and committed two more errors in the seventh while giving up six runs and wasn’t able to battle back again.
Park City coach Lou Green said making defensive mistakes against the Soaring Eagle offense was a recipe for disaster.
"They’ve got a great club," he said. "They swing it about as well as anyone we’ve played all year. You never want to lose 16-9, but we made seven errors against a really good club."
Despite the 16 runs, Green said sophomore pitcher Scott Stokes looked sharp.
"I thought Scott threw well enough to win," he said. "He gave us a chance, but we didn’t play as well as we should have behind him."
But, he added, defensive mistakes are going to happen at the high school level.
"We just had a rough game," he said. "All year long, we’ve played zero, one, or two-error baseball, and that’s the reason we’ve won 15 games."
During the game the Miners’ sophomore catcher Chandler Barkdull was hit in the right hand by a foul ball. Immediate swelling forced the hot-hitting leadoff man to move to the outfield and limited his effectiveness at the plate. But, after the game, it was discovered that he had just busted a vein in the back of his hand and hadn’t broken any bones.
"He’s got a huge knot on the top of his hand," Green said. "Hopefully we can get him back healthy. He’s tearing the ball in half. He can really hit and has done a heck of a job for us behind the plate."
Barkdull had a single and a double before injuring his hand. Sophomore Ian Moritz had three RBI to lead the Miners, and senior Cole Tan went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
Wednesday’s loss came on the heels of a narrow 8-6 win at Juan Diego Monday afternoon, in which senior Mark Trevino picked up the win in a complete game.
"Mark’s a gamer," Green said. "He didn’t throw as well as he could have, but he threw well enough to win. And he always does, it seems like. He never gets blown up, he never gets beat around. He kept us in the game the whole time."
Now, the Miners (15-6 overall, 7-1 in Region 10) will shift their focus to archrival Wasatch. Park City will host the Wasps on Tuesday afternoon and will travel to Heber on Thursday, needing one more win to lock up the Region 10 title.
"It’s a big one," Green said of Tuesday’s home game. "I’m sure it’ll be a lot like it was today – a lot of back and forth for seven innings."
But there’s no reason the Miners shouldn’t be able to take care of business, he added.
"I’m confident in our club," he said. "We’ve got a good team. And with Mark on the mound, we’ll be tough to beat."
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