Park City pitcher shines for Rowland Hall
Coming off a rough outing against Judge Memorial last week, Scott Silverstein just wanted to get back to pitching the way he knows he’s capable of.
The Rowland Hall hurler, who lives in Park City, did just that, stymieing the South Summit bats en route to a 17-1 victory on Monday afternoon in Kamas.
Silverstein, who will continue his baseball career at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., next year, struck out the first five batters he faced, finishing the game with eight strikeouts in five innings of work.
"I was feeling good," he said. "I was able to command my strike zone and get the fastball over."
He credited his teammates for their strong performances both at the plate and in the field.
"It got us going," he said. "Luckily we got a few hits in the first inning to get us going offensively too."
Allowing only one run on two hits is what the Winged Lions have come to expect from Silverstein, according to coach Ben Voegele.
"He had his rhythm and he worked quick," he said. "When you do that, good things are going to happen."
He added that the offensive outburst was nice, but he was even happier with the way the team played defense.
"It starts with pitching and defense," he said. "It helps when you make some nice stops in the field."
South Summit coach Steve Sutherland said his team will bounce back offensively despite a tough game on Monday.
"We’ve just got to have effort," he said. "If our kids are going to give the effort, we’ll be fine. We’ve just got to get mentally right. Offensively we’ll be fine; it’s just a matter of when you make an error, you’ve got to bounce back."
He added that Silverstein is a familiar foe for the Wildcats, pitching against them for the last three years.
"We know it’s going to be a battle every time he’s throwing," he said.
Shortstop Bracken Santos drove in the only run for the Wildcats, with Hunter Lucas crossing the plate.
The Wildcats were back in action on Tuesday afternoon (after this issue went to press) at North Summit. Rowland Hall takes on Summit Academy on Thursday.
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Facing a region opponent early on was not ideal for Park City head coach Micaela Carriel, especially considering her girls had just moved up to 5A Region 8 after spending last season in 4A.