The Park City Miners came into Grantsville on Monday afternoon and 10-runned the Cowboys 12-2 to open the baseball season.
Grantsville cut into Park City’s lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the third inning, but after tacking on two runs, Park City blasted through with a five-run fifth inning to put the game out of reach.
GHS coach Loren Anderson said the pitching will need to get better as the goes along, as well as minimizing mistakes.
“The first time through the lineup we had good at-bats,” Anderson said, “but we lost focus as we got behind. Bad things get magnified when you lose 12-2. We need to work on minimizing the mistakes because a bad inning turns into a terrible inning.”
Anderson said the rustiness is partly because the team has held just five practices leading up to the season opener with Park City. He said half of the roster is filled with basketball players, so they may not have had a chance to dust off the cobwebs yet.
In addition to the Grantsville basketball team playing in the playoffs this year, basketball season in general ended one week later than it did in 2013, so most baseball teams are already playing games without having much practice time.
Still, Anderson said he was disappointed in losing via the mercy rule, and he hopes to see a vast improvement when the team competes in St. George this weekend for a preseason tournament.
The Cowboys trailed the Miners 4-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, and the bats started to come alive. Clay Matthews reached first on a base hit and then promptly stole second. Ky Fisher attempted a sacrifice bunt and clanked it down the third base line. The Miners bobbled the ball and the throw over to first, and Fisher reached safely with Matthews moving to third.
Matthews scored on the next at-bat when Dallin Williams grounded into a double play, and then Nick Arbon reached on an error and moved to second base on a passed ball.
Wyatt Smith delivered Grantsville’s lone RBI on a base hit into right field. Arbon scored on the play, and the Cowboys seemed to be rolling.
However, Park City tallied eight more runs through the next three innings to end the game in the sixth on the mercy rule.
Grantsville heads to southern Utah for the Panther-Tiger Classic starting Friday. The Cowboys will play against Pine View on Friday at 10 a.m. and then against Union at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be at Pine View High School.
On Saturday, Grantsville plays against Delta at 9 a.m. That game is also at Pine View High School.