PCHS softball ends long losing streak
On May 3, 2013, the Park City High School softball team celebrated after beating American Leadership Academy 10-5 at home. On Friday afternoon, they finally got to celebrate again.
Playing on the road at Ben Lomond, the Miners ended their nearly three-year losing streak by defeating the Scots 18-8.
Despite winning by 10 runs, the game wasn’t always in Park City’s control. After the Miners jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first inning, they extended it to 5-1 in the top of the second. But, in the bottom of the frame, the Scots exploded for seven runs to take an 8-5 lead.
Park City Coach Shannon Gebbia said she wasn’t surprised when the Miners struggled in the second inning.
"We came out swinging right out of the gate, which was nice," she said. "We just had one bad inning. We joke about it, but it definitely happens in every single game."
Neither team scored in the third or fourth innings, causing some nervousness in the Park City dugout. But the Miners pushed nine runs across home plate in the top of the fifth as Salina Ochoa stole home, Amanda Riely smacked a three-run triple, Ashley Farquharson drove Riely in with a single and Shannen Springer drove in another run. The Miners also scored two runs on a Ben Lomond error, one of seven the Scots committed.
Park City added four more runs in the top of the sixth to put the game out of reach. Gebbia said the win was great because it both ended a long losing streak and avenged a narrow loss earlier this season.
"We played them already in Park City and lost 8-7 and had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning before they got out of it," she said. "They took it upon themselves to come out hungry against Ben Lomond [on Friday]. They were definitely excited to win. Being an 18-8 victory wasn’t as exciting as it would have been if it was a one- or two-run game, but we’ll take it. It was pretty awesome."
Gebbia was especially happy for her pitchers — Zarate and Logan Burgess — who have stayed positive in the face of adversity their entire PCHS careers.
"They usually switch every other inning to keep opposing batters a little off-balance," Gebbia said. "It was great [to see them succeed]. Logan is one of my two seniors. She’s been with me since the beginning. She was the first player I met when I took the job."
Though the Miners have yet to score a run in Region 10 play, Gebbia said she’s hopeful the team can build some momentum after the big win.
"It means the world to me and to them," she said. "All the work they’re putting in is paying off. It’s great that it’s finally working."
She added that the attitude around the team has changed now that the losing streak isn’t hanging over the players.
"It’s a huge difference," she said. "We have a lot of freshmen and a lot of young players who have really stepped up. It’s a completely different attitude now. I think it’s finally coming into place."
Park City is scheduled to host Grantsville on Friday afternoon at PCHS. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.
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