PCHS baseball goes 2-2 in St. George
The Park City High School baseball team was in St. George over the weekend to compete in the Panther-Tiger Classic. The Miners played three games on Friday and a fourth on Saturday, winning two and losing two.
In the first game of the tourney, Park City fell to host Hurricane 9-4. Three defensive errors by the Miners complicated what was a close game. Park City gave up four runs in the first, but scored two runs of its own. In the fourth, the Tigers scored another run, but the Miners added two in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 5-4. However, in the top of the sixth, the Tigers put another four-spot on the board to clinch the victory.
Park City Coach Eric Morgan said the Miners had a couple of bad innings that led to the loss.
"We just had a really sloppy first inning," he said. "That was our first game down there. They were simple errors — throwing the ball, catching the ball, hitting cutoffs — that really hurt us."
In the sixth, Morgan said the Miners had some trouble on the mound.
"We had three walks in a row and then a triple," he said. "We just need to find guys who can come in [in relief] and throw strikes."
The second game for Park City was a dominant 4-0 win over Hunter. Sam Strader pitched six shutout innings and also smacked a double for the Miners. Morgan said Strader’s key to success was simple.
"He threw strikes down in the zone," Morgan said. "Ryan Brady did the same thing against Granger. It proves that if you throw strikes and hit your spots, you’ll get people out."
The Miners followed the 4-0 win with a 6-3 loss to North Sevier before ending the tournament with a 3-0 victory against Granger on Saturday afternoon.
Though Park City was consistent in its offensive output, scoring either three or four runs every game, Morgan said he’d like to see more from his squad.
"Our hitting is definitely a little behind," he said. "I wasn’t too happy with how our bats were down there. The team goal we have is we want closer to six or seven runs a game. Against better quality teams, four runs won’t do the job. Our bats definitely need to pick up and start squaring up more balls and putting more balls in play."
Morgan said he was pleased with the way a couple of players were swinging in St. George, though.
"I was really impressed with [Zack] Luna, our leadoff hitter," he said. "He put the ball in play and so did Ryan."
Overall, the 2-2 record wasn’t great, Morgan said, but he sees more potential in the Miners moving forward.
"The mistakes we made down there are things that are very fixable," he said. "That was a positive coming out of it. We had a chance to go 4-0, but the little mental things are things we can work on. We were still in ballgames. I was excited about our pitching and our defense. Our hitting will come."
Park City (2-3 overall) returns to the field Wednesday for a game at Murray. The Miners will host their first game on Friday, March 25, against Grantsville. The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.