Miners baseball is region runner up
The Park City High School baseball team clinched a No. 2 seed in the Class 4A playoffs by defeating Tooele on the road 4-3 on Tuesday, despite a close loss to Stansbury on Monday.
At the beginning of the week against Stansbury, the Miners had led 6-1 after the first inning, but the Stallions came back with four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to snatch the game from the jaws of defeat. Because of Stansbury’s record (9-8 at the time) and because of Park City’s (12-5), the game didn’t change either team’s region standing.
Feasler said the Miners had struggled on defense against Stansbury, but cleaned up their fielding for their Tuesday game against Tooele.
The first inning of Tuesday’s game passed without a run. The Miners scored at the top of the second, but Tooele answered with two runs of their own.
The game proceeded without runs in the third, fourth or fifth inning. The Miners broke the drought with two runs in the top of the sixth, and Tooele responded with one run in the bottom of the inning, tying the game.
The Miners put up a single run in the top of the seventh and secured the game by keeper Tooele off the board in the bottom of the inning.
Coach Dave Feasler said senior catcher Austin Davison played a significant role in the team’s success. Davison, who had signed a letter of intent to compete at Trinity University in San Antonio the day before, threw out a runner on first when the runner tried to lead off the plate.
“They were going to bunt the runner at first to second and the runner at first got a pretty big lead, and Austin was savvy enough to back pick him at first,” Feasler said. “Kellen (Denkers), our first baseman, put a good tag down. That was a really big play with no outs in that (inning), with the tying run on first.”
Davison also hit a sacrifice fly ball in the fifth that helped the Miners advance a runner and eventually win.
Feasler said he was happy his team took the No. 2 seed in an unpredictable season.
“The region last year, we all knew it was going to be Juan Diego and then us, and then whoever else,” he said. “This year it was a dogfight for that two seed. It was fun, stressful, exciting. It’s good to be in close games for sure.”
The Miners will face Region 9’s fourth seeded Snow Canyon on Saturday at Spanish Fork Sports Park field 8 at 11 a.m. The winner will face either Region 10 first seed Spanish Fork or Region 12 fourth seed Ridgeline at the Spanish Fork Sports Park at 2:30 p.m. that day.
“I think we have a good shot,” Feasler said of the state tournament. “I think we have a competitive little group that swings the bat good enough and pitches good enough to compete with the best teams around.”
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It’s been a rough season for Park City, but a taste of the postseason could pay huge dividends in the future.