PCHS baseball rebounds with big win
April 15, 2014
After splitting a home doubleheader against Uintah on Tuesday, the Park City High School baseball team needed to rebound at Uintah on Friday in order to keep a Region 10 title within reach.
In the first game on Tuesday, the Miners picked up a 7-2 win, but followed it up with a disappointing 12-3 loss in game two.
At Uintah, the Miner bats got back into a groove, picking up four first-inning runs and scoring in five of seven innings en route to a 12-8 victory.
"It’s definitely good to see your guys respond that way," Park City coach Lou Green said. "You kind of see what you’re made of in that next game [after a loss]. To come out and rack up 12 hits and 12 runs, that’s a pretty good day at the plate."
On the mound, Green turned to senior leader Blake Morin to get the job done. Staff ace Scott Stokes closed out the victory.
"I felt we could have pitched better," Green said. "And I think both those guys would agree. But Blake hurt his knee in practice Wednesday. It’s tough to pitch with a bum landing knee. He gave us everything he had."
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After a slew of errors plagued Park City in game two of last week’s doubleheader, Green was happy with the way the Miners rebounded on that side of the ball, too.
"Defensively we played a really clean game," he said. "We only had one error a throwing error and we just sort of limited the mistakes."
Chandler Anderson led the Miners at the plate. After crushing a two-run home run on Tuesday, he hit another bomb on Friday and added a double for good measure.
Green said he’s glad to have two hitters like Anderson and Chandler Barkdull at the top of the order.
"He and Barkdull, we’ve seen it a million times with these guys when they’re seeing the ball well, it’s fun to watch, that’s for sure," he said. "They’re both really special players for us. It’s so fun to see them hit because they both can hit for average and power and both can run. They’re definitely our two leaders at the plate and on the bases. It makes it tough on other teams to have two guys like that at the top of the order."
Green added that moving Griffin Churich, who had been hitting ninth most of the year, to the second spot in the order made a huge difference on Friday.
"Griffin’s really been hitting the ball well for us," he said. "He’s a senior that’s been bugged by some injuries, but I’d say, right now, he’s an unsung hero of our team. He can bunt, he can hit-and-run, he can do all the things a No. 2 hitter should do."
Morin, hitting in the fourth spot, helped his own cause as well on Friday, hitting a two-run double in the first inning to solidify a solid effort from the top four hitters in the Park City lineup.
The Miners improved to 13-4 overall (3-2 in Region 10 play). This week, Park City has a three-game series against Morgan, another region opponent. A game was scheduled at Morgan on Monday, with a doubleheader at Park City scheduled for Tuesday. Check Saturday’s issue of The Park Record for coverage of that series.
Green said he was confident in his team’s chances to sweep the series and keep a Region 10 title in play.
"That’s not being cocky, it’s just that every time we step on the field we should expect to win," he said. "If we stay within our system and do the little things right, we should be fine."
The next Park City home game is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22. The Miners are slated for a non-region game against Skyline, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at PCHS.
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