PCHS baseball comes up short vs. Granger
After Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Logan, the Park City High School baseball team returned to the field on Thursday afternoon to take on Granger.
The Lancers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after Park City starter Jake Slusher struggled to find his command in the first inning.
The Miners battled back in the second inning, however, cutting the Granger lead to 4-3. Josh Lansky reached on an error and Ryan Brady drove him in with a double. After Drew Castellanos singled, Payton Gross bunted Brady to third and Castellanos to second. Then, JC Pollard drove them both home with a two-run single.
In the top of the third, Granger extended its lead to 6-3, chasing Slusher from the game. The Miner bats didn’t come back to life until the bottom of the sixth, when Slusher drove in Sam Starley before the Miners stranded the bases loaded.
Park City scored again in the bottom of the seventh on a double by Josh Lansky. But the Miners again stranded the bases loaded and lost 6-5.
Despite the loss, Park City Coach Eric Morgan said he was pleased with the way the Miners were making contact on Thursday.
"I think we did a decent job of putting the ball in play hard," he said. "That last at-bat with Drew [in the bottom of the seventh], that’s hit hard and [Granger] made a good play on it. We need to continue to hit the ball hard — that’s all we can do."
Morgan isn’t worried about Slusher’s performance on the mound. He said there are some days when pitchers just don’t have it.
"Jake came out and didn’t have his best stuff today," he said. "He struggled to find the zone and got behind early and we just couldn’t get back over the top. He’s thrown well for us this year, though. I think it was just one of those days where he didn’t have his best stuff. He’ll come back strong."
One of the biggest positives from Thursday’s loss was the performance of young pitchers Wyatt Hudgens (sophomore) and Van Rabe (freshman). Hudgens threw three shutout innings and Rabe pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
"It’s great to have those younger guys who can come in and throw strikes," Morgan said. "They were throwing fastballs, curveballs and changeups for strikes."
Park City (5-8 overall, 2-2 in Region 10) returns to action on Tuesday against region foe Tooele. The game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. at PCHS.
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