Miners softball team solid in St. George
The Park City Miners softball team continued showing flashes of brilliance at a tournament in St. George over the weekend.
After starting the year with an impressive offensive showing en route to a 2-0 record, the Miners won three of their five weekend games, winning their bracket at the tournament.
Coach Alissa Smith said it was her team’s best finish in St. George in 10 years.
"It was a fun learning experience," she said. "It was an excellent showing overall."
After starting the tournament with a 5-2 loss to Lincoln County (Nev.), Park City rebounded, shutting out Morgan 6-0.
"That was our first shutout in 10 years," Smith said. "The girls played really solid defense."
However, the momentum from the shutout was short-lived; it was followed by an 18-1 blowout loss at the hands Richfield.
But Smith said the big loss was an excellent teaching moment.
"That proved to be one of the most pivotal conversations I’ve had with the girls as a coach," she said. "I told them that if you’re afraid to fail, you can’t play softball."
The team responded well to the talk, bouncing back with a 12-4 victory over Virgin Valley (Nev.).
"They walked onto the field and played softball," Smith said. "We had eight hits, 11 RBI it was a stellar game."
The Miners were able to build off the big win, earning another 6-0 shutout in their final game, this time against South Sevier.
Smith said she was very pleased with the way her team played throughout the weekend, doing the little things right more often than not.
"We won our bracket, which has not been done in 10 years," she said. "We were able to manufacture runs on good, smart base-running. And we were able to take advantage of their errors."
Cassidy Chester pitched four games and struck out 23 batters on the weekend. Carson Lyman hit a home run and had several doubles to lead the team at the plate.
Smith also noted that left-handed hitter Morgan Cormier was solid at the plate, seeing a lot of pitches and drawing several key walks. She added that Abbie Towery had several RBI and freshman Logan Burgess played well in all five games, including one game as pitcher.
The Miners are now 5-2 on the season and will be back in action on Thursday at Carbon High School.
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