Park City drops series opener against Olympus
Titans score 11 unanswered runs to topple Miners
Through four innings, everything was going to plan for Park City High School’s baseball team on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Braxton Lyon was keeping Olympus off the scoreboard, and the Miners had scraped together a couple of runs.
But everything fell apart for Park City in the fifth. The Titans put a couple of runners on base and then crushed a three-run home run to lead off the inning. That started a run of 11 unanswered runs for Olympus, and Park City lost 11-2.
“Faced a good arm, got to see a lot of our bullpen work a little bit,” Park City coach David Feasler said. “And at the end of the day, it got beat. Made too many mistakes to win that game.”
Neither team could muster much offensively to start the game, as both starting pitchers accumulated plenty of strikeouts early on. But it was the Miners who put themselves on the board first.
Sophomore Jake Diamond drew a walk in the second inning and made it to third base when junior Asher Levine singled. Junior Dave Georger scored the game’s first run when he smacked an RBI single. The Miners doubled their lead in the bottom of the third inning when freshman Justin Michaelis’ ground out allowed senior Jake Rogers, who doubled earlier in the frame, to score.
Olympus’ three-run home run kickstarted a five-run fifth inning for the Titans, and they piled on a few more after that. Olympus scored two more in the sixth and put the game well out of reach in the seventh with another four.
“I think we just thought a little too much about the home run that put them up 3-2, and then it just kind of fell apart from there,” junior Will Bradley said. “We were making mistakes, there weren’t competitive at-bats and it just wasn’t us.”
Park City’s offense struggled at the plate on Monday. The Miners only had three hits in the loss and struck out 15 times. Park City has rarely scored three runs or fewer in a game this year.
The Miners’ series with Olympus will also serve as a major test with the playoffs around the corner. Olympus improved to 16-4 on the season and leads the Region 6 standings. The Miners feel that facing another quality team will better prepare them for the playoffs.
“We’re going to see more good arms, so the better arms we see early in region – or late now, I guess – the better for us,” Levine said. “We’re taking away that we’re happy we got to see a good arm. We’ll be more prepared the next time we see him.”
While Tuesday’s game got away from Park City, the upside is that the Miners gave some of their bullpen arms some innings against a strong opponent. Park City used four pitchers in Tuesday’s loss, and that kind of in-game experience could help in the postseason.
“I liked our guys out of the bullpen,” Feasler said. “I liked Justin (Michaelis) and I liked Jake (Diamond). They gave up a couple of runs, but I think those are arms that are going to pitch for us in the playoffs. And I was excited that I got to see them pitch today, and it’s just building from there. And (Lyon) had a good start, (Lyon) had a really good start.”
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