Miners win St. George tournament
The Park City High School baseball team and St. George tournaments have gone together about as well as oil and water for the last 20 years.
But thanks to a strong showing at the plate and some solid pitching, the Miners were able to win four straight games on Friday and Saturday, earning a first-place finish at the Pine View/Hurricane Classic in the process.
"Leaving the weekend, we’re pleased with what we saw as a coaching staff," coach Lou Green said. "We had a lot of good innings pitched from guys we didn’t count on to give us great innings."
He highlighted the performance of Blake Morin, who pitched the first three innings against a tough Pine View squad, holding them to one run in Park City’s 4-2 victory. The next day, Morin started the championship game against Grantsville, keeping the Miners in the game by allowing only three runs in four innings.
The Miner bats took care of the rest, scoring 10 runs en route to the 10-3 championship game win.
"He’s been huge for us," Green said of Morin. "He’s really caught, pitched and played third base as well as he could have."
The Miners started the weekend with an 11-6 win against Morgan. They followed that with the 4-2 victory over Pine View. On Saturday, Park City blasted Northridge 15-3 before winning the title game against Grantsville.
Green said he’s happy with the way the offense settled into a groove. He highlighted the play of senior Tim Leary, who couldn’t play in the field due to a nagging shoulder injury, but tore it up at the plate.
"He (was the designated hitter) the whole weekend and drove in nine runs in four games," he said.
He added that senior Mark Trevino and sophomore Chandler Anderson also continued their hot streaks, and senior Cole Tan was great both offensively and defensively.
"Cole Tan was huge in the championship game," he said. "He was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. And he made an ESPN highlight-reel catch in centerfield to end an inning when Grantsville was threatening."
Green praised the entire team’s defensive effort, saying it helped keep the Miners competitive while waiting for the bats to come alive.
"I think we only made four errors defensively in four games," he said. "That’s really, really good for us."
This weekend, the Miners will head back to St. George for another tournament, this time for the Snow Canyon Classic. The Miners will face some of the best schools from the Las Vegas and Phoenix areas, including Cactus High School, a 4A school near Phoenix, and Shadow Ridge, a 5A school from Vegas.
"We’ll have a better feel for ourselves after this weekend," Green said. "After winning the tournament (last weekend), all the teams that were overlooking us; now they’re looking at us."
But, as with any game, Green expects his team to win.
"It’s going to take some younger guys stepping up and producing big innings on the mound," he said. "But if we pitch and play defense, we should be competitive in every game. They’re not throwing no-hitters, but they keep the game manageable for us."
The Park City High School softball team is winning, and that’s news. It’s been close to a decade since they recorded a winning season.