Park City • Zack Brinkerhoff remembers the sleepless night.
He remembers the butterflies of last year, when he was just a skinny freshman called to start on the mound against mighty Snow Canyon, one of the most explosive hitting teams in the state. In a playoff setting, that was a difficult thing for a rookie.
He pitched his Canyon View team to a loss.
In the moments following Saturday afternoon's stirring 3-0 win over Park City, Brinkerhoff smiled at the memory. Tossing a two-hit shutout over the potent Miners will do that for a guy. Brinkerhoff, now just a sophomore, almost can be considered a grizzled veteran.
"I think the experience really helped," Brinkerhoff said. "We came here to get two wins, and that was a good thing for us. I wanted to go on the mound and throw strikes. I knew how good Park City was and how explosive that lineup was. So I was happy with the result."
It was one of the more impressive victories around the state Saturday. A Falcons team that struggled for portions of the season defeated Bear River 8-7 in the first game and shut down a Miners offense that produced 14 runs in a Saturday morning romp over Juab.
As a result, Canyon View advanced in the winners bracket. The pitching staff is intact. The arms in the bullpen have had plenty of rest since the Falcons used just three pitchers to advance through the two wins Saturday.
"That's huge," Canyon View coach Jason Jacobsen said. "We know just how hard it is to come through the losers bracket. It takes a lot of luck and a lot of endurance. So it's good to get through these first two games."
Brinkerhoff never was threatened, just once allowing a runner as far as third base. Canyon View scored once in the fourth. But the two runs in the sixth inning proved to be the back-breakers. RBI singles by Ryan Sahagun and Peyton Higgins put away the game for the Falcons.
Storylines Canyon View 3, Park City 0
R Canyon View's Zack Brinkerhoff allows only two hits in the Falcons' shutout.