PCHS baseball team ready for Region 10
The Park City High School baseball team has played a tough non-region schedule this season, taking on some of the best 4A and 5A teams in the state in preparation for a challenging Region 10 schedule.
Last weekend, the Miners expanded their search for quality opponents to some of the top schools in Utah, Nevada and Arizona at the Snow Canyon Classic in St. George.
The Miners started off the weekend with an 8-5 loss to Salem Hills, the top 4A team in Utah.
With senior pitcher Mark Trevino on the mound, Park City jumped out to a 4-1 lead with two outs in the fifth inning before things went south.
"We made a few errors and a couple bad pitches and all of a sudden it was 6-4 (Salem Hills)," Park City coach Lou Green said.
Against a hard-hitting team like Salem Hills, with shortstop Taylor Snyder expected to be selected in next year’s Major League Baseball draft, Green said it wasn’t a surprise that Trevino gave up some runs.
"It happens," he said. "They can really, really hit. He was struggling to command the changeup late in the game."
But the Miners bounced back against Cactus Hills, a 5A team from Phoenix, earning a dramatic 14-13 victory. Scott Stokes picked up the game-winning hit.
"We had a lot of guys come through when we needed them to come through," Green said.
He added that several players stepped up for Park City against Cactus Hills.
"Cole Tan, Chandler Barkdull and Chandler Anderson have been setting the tone offensively," he said. "They’ve been leading the way at the plate."
Park City followed up the dramatic win with an 11-7 loss to Shadow Ridge, a Las Vegas-based school that entered the game with a 10-0 record. Shadow Ridge had shut out its two previous opponents by scores of 11-0 and 15-0.
Though the Miners had their chances, Green said they just couldn’t quite get over the top.
"We kind of got back in it at one point, and then they stretched it out again," he said. "We just couldn’t capitalize."
In the final game of the Classic, the Miners lost to host Snow Canyon, 12-2.
With Region 10 play starting for Park City (7-4) on Tuesday at Uintah, Green said he expects his team’s tough non-region schedule to pay dividends.
"I don’t think anyone in the state will play a tougher four games than we had to play last weekend," he said. "It’s good for them to see the better baseball teams in a few states. If you can make pitches against those guys and hit against those guys, you can do it against anyone in our region."
But, he added, Region 10 baseball is no laughing matter.
"I’d put our region up against anyone in the state," he said. "Juan Diego (a three-time state champion) has been the king of the hill in this area for a long time. And Uintah clipped us twice last year. We’re hoping to get back on top against them."
In the end, though, Green and his players just can’t wait for that first pitch on Tuesday.
"I’m excited to get going," he said. "We’re prepared. Moving into next week, we’re 0-0. It’s going to be an interesting 10 games."
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