All the Park City Miners needed was one big inning Friday afternoon at Skyline High, and they got one in their 9-2 victory.
In top of the fourth inning, the Miners (8-5) batted around, scoring eight runs to go up 8-0 after four.
The Miners' huge inning included five hits, four walks and an Eagles error to help out their cause.
The inning started out with a Chandler Barkdull base hit, followed by starting pitcher Mark Trevino’s walk. Next up was Tim Leary, who belted an RBI base hit that included an Eagles error as the Miners went up 2-0.
Following another walk and a Skyline wild pitch that scored one run, Barkdull stepped up again and hit a deep drive to the outfield for another Miners' two-run double, putting his team up 8-0 through four innings.
Skyline starting pitcher Vincent lasted three and a third innings.
Miners head coach Lou Green was pleased about the two timely doubles in his team's huge inning.
“That’s huge; it was good to see that against a good club. Coach (Erik) Hansen of Skyline does a good job. It was good to take advantage of bases loaded a couple times there,” Green said.
The game was in hand largely because of the performance by the Trevino, the Miners' starting pitcher.
Trevino pitched a complete game eight-hitter, giving up two runs with three strikeouts while throwing 105 pitches on the day.
“The big thing is Trevino on the mound setting the pace for us, he walked a couple guys which is uncharacteristic of him; I didn’t feel he had his best command, but he had control of the game,” said Green. “We got to get him out of cruise control, we get a little bit of a lead, and he starts to let up; I thought he threw well. I thought at least Mark came out and pounded the zone; he always gives us a chance to win.”
Trevino was proud of his performance afterward.
“I just trusted my defense and had some big plays behind me which helped,” said Trevino. “After the first inning, I saw they were very aggressive fastball hitters early in the count, so I tried to mix it up, work both sides of the plate, up and down. I just tried not to give in to their strategy at the plate.”
Though Trevino pitched a complete game, he believes he’s had better games.
“I’ve done better before, my stuff was good today, got my breaking ball back and I’m very happy with the way I came out,” he said.
The Eagles' lone scores of the game came in the fifth and seventh innings.
Anj Bourgeois came up with the bases loaded and hit a ground ball for a fielder’s choice, which scored the Eagles' first run.
Bourgeois came up again in the seventh and provided an RBI single to make it 9-2 for Park City.
For the Miners, lead-off hitter Tan went 2-for-5 with three RBIs to help lead the offense on the day.
But Friday was mainly about Trevino's pitching performance. He said his Miners are as good as anybody out there that they’ll compete against this year.
“This win establishes a statement game that we’re as good as we believe that we are, and with region play coming up next week, we need to show that we can play with anybody, and I believe that we can.”