PCHS baseball blows out Tooele 10-0 at home
On April 20, the Park City High School baseball team went to Tooele and suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss. The Miners only recorded five hits against the Buffaloes’ pitcher, who threw a complete game.
On Tuesday afternoon at PCHS, the two teams met for a rematch. The Buffaloes sent the same pitcher to the mound, but the results were different this time around as Park City cruised to a 10-0 victory.
After a scoreless first inning, the Miners scored twice in the bottom of the second. Josh Lansky and Jake Slusher each singled, with Lansky moving to third on Slusher’s hit. Payton Gross then laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in Lansky. An error by the Tooele shortstop then allowed Slusher to cross the plate.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Miner bats exploded, driving in six runs to extend the lead to 8-0. Slusher had an RBI single, Drew Castellanos drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, Gross smacked a two-run double, Sam Strader drove in a run on a single and Zack Luna also had an RBI single.
Sam Starley drove in Strader on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning and Slusher scored on a sacrifice fly by Strader in the bottom of the sixth to give Park City a 10-0 victory via the 10-run rule.
Park City Coach Eric Morgan said it was nice to see the Miners have a better outing against Tooele’s pitcher on Tuesday.
"It was great," he said. "Everyone 1-9 came out and they were aggressive. We had good at-bats and I felt like everyone attacked the baseball, which I love to see."
On the mound, pitcher Wyatt Hudgens was dominant, holding Tooele to five hits and issuing zero walks in the complete-game shutout. Morgan said the sophomore has continued to improve every time he throws.
"He keeps batters off balance," Morgan said. "He throws inside, he throws outside and he throws the curveball for strikes. At this level, that’s what you need to do."
The defense helped Hudgens out by turning two double plays and committing no errors.
"He’s a young pitcher," Morgan said. "[Good defense] is just such a confidence booster. It helps the pitcher relax when you get a double play. It makes the game a lot quicker and keeps the pitch count down."
Starting catcher JC Pollard was out with an injury on Tuesday, but Payton Gross filled in behind the plate and did a great job working with Hudgens, Morgan said. Plus, Gross had three RBI to spur the Park City offense.
"He steps right in," he said. "He calls a great game. He’s been our [designated hitter], so he’s been in the lineup. There’s no step down when he comes in."
Park City (11-9 overall, 8-3 in Region 10) has one more home game left on the schedule. The Miners will host Payson on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
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