|Kelsey Gillespie fields a hit in the first game of the Carbon/ Emery doubleheader Tuesday afternoon, the Spartans pounded the ball all day long.|
The winds were just as fierce as the week before, but this time it was Emery that blew out the Dinos in a pair of region wins. Carbon lost the pair by the scores of 14-6 and 12-0 to the Spartans.
A foreboding of things to come came in the very first batter that stepped up for Emery. She pounded a hit that hugged the third base line. Out fielder Tammy Harwood dove to catch the ball and just missed. As the ball rolled to the fence, the Spartan runner rounded the bases for an inside the park homerun. Before the inning was over, two more Emery hits sailed over the fence and it was 5-0.
Carbon chipped away at the deficit and had moved to 6-3 by the fifth. But in the sixth, Emery found their stroke and added three.
Then they iced things up with another five in the seventh. The Dinos gave it one last effort with three of their own, but it was too little , too late.
In the second game, as the temperatures dropped and the winds picked up, Carbon lost their ability to score a run. Emery scored a pair in the first and a pair in the third. The Spartans broke it open with seven in the fourth.
The Lady Dinos committed 16 errors over two games to give Emery second chances on the base pads.
After the game, Coach Pinedo didn't have much left to say, Emery proved they are a top team. They played a complete game."
He added, "Until we get some consistency on defense we can't be considered a good team. These are the first games this season we haven't even been in it. We weren't mentally ready. Even in our other losses I felt like we were always in the games until the end."
The Dinos play a pair at Juan Diego next Tuesday. Carbon's only region win was a big one over the top ranked Soaring Eagle. They will return home to play North Sanpete on Thursday April 24th at 3:30 pm.
|Coach Moynier goes to the mound to settle his team down during a nightmare inning against Union last tuesday.|
It was a bad week last week for the Carbon Dinos baseball squad. First off on Tuesday they got pummeled by Union 15-5 in a non-region game. Then they ended the week with an 11-6 region loss to Juan Diego. This week didn't get any better as the Dinos dropped two to Emery. They got pounded 10-0 in the first and let the second one slip by 5-2.
Last Tuesday things didn't look bad for the Dinos when they jumped out to a one run lead in the first inning against Union. But in the second inning, the team just could not make an out, even when the ball came right to them. The nightmare inning ended after Union put up eight and starter Dylan Olsen was chased off the mound.
The third inning was not much better as Carbon allowed five more Cougars to cross the plate. The team finally settled down and began to chip away at the insurmountable lead to keep themselves from ending the game early. But in the end, the team knew it had to shake it off and be ready to play on Friday. Brandon Branch hit a solo shot for the Dinos in the loss. The offense had eight hits for five runs. The team also committed a whooping nine errors in the game.
The team headed to Juan Diego to resume region play. Beau Rich started things off on a good note for Carbon with a double. The Dinos put two on the board. They added a pair in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. But the Juan Diego got its bats going and went up by one with a five run inning.
The Dinos tied it up in the fifth, but the Soaring Eagles had another big inning and answered with another four runs. The Carbon offense could just not put together a string of hits to get some scoring going and ended up losing the region contest.
Needing to get back on track, Carbon headed south to rival Emery for a pair. Miserable weather greeted the Dinos and the game they played reflected the sour conditions they played in.
"They got a few runs each inning and we got a few errors each inning," was the way Coach Moynier chose to sum up the game. "At the beginning of the season I though it would be our pitching that would be suspect, but they are doing a good job and it is the fielding behind them that is not.
Greg Barker pitched the first game against Emery and TJ Cartwright came on in relief. Coach Moynier though they both pitched well in the face of the conditions and lack of support behind them.
The Dinos even had the lead for a while in the second game. But as Moynier put it, "Every time we make a mistake it costs us and it was mistakes again that cost us the lead late in the game."
The Dinos led the game 2-1 until the fifth when Emery posted a pair to take the lead and the win.
Carbon sits with a 2-4 region record. "We need to beat some one ," said Moynier, but we have to face Juan Diego at home next week, it doesn't look good." He does admit that inexperience is the main problem this year. And he knows that the only way the team will get better is to take its knocks and learn.
The Dinos will have a home doubleheader next Tuesday against Juan Diego with first pitch at 2:30 p.m.
|CEU pitcher Fernado Martinez throws over to first to try and pick off a Salt Lake Community runner. |
For a struggling team, having the top team in the league come calling is not the best thing to look forward to. The Eagles hosted the SLCC Bruins for a home stand this weekend and lost all four. Friday afternoon they were edged out 5-8 and then dropped the night cap 3-11. Saturday's games were much closer as CEU lost them both by the scores of 1-4 and 1-5.
Both Pitchers Kyle Graham and Riley Gordon had good outings. Graham pitched in Friday's 5-8 loss. He only gave up three hits and five runs before he left the game. Garret Rose came in to close and gave up the other three runs.
Gordon was on the mound in the final game on Saturday and gave up five hits and three runs. Coach Madsen was pleased with both of their performances on the weekend.
Madsen also felt that his team's defense was much better. Against SLCC they committed a combined nine errors over the course of four games. Last weekend, the team had 17 errors in four games.
"We just can't put up runs," stated Madsen. "We hit the ball hard, and got men on base but continued to leave them stranded." CEU left 29 base runners on the pads in the course of the four game series.
The Eagles have one more series at home before they finish up conference action on the road. They will play host to Southern Nevada this Friday and Saturday. Game time will be 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on Friday. Saturday the fun will start at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
At the state bantam wrestling championships in Nephi the Dragerton Diggers and Carbon squads showed exceptional skill and determination taking second place in the 3A division against areas with much larger teams.
Dragerton Diggers individual places:
Randy Curtis - Third
Colton Sanderson - First
Caleb Sanderson - Second
Taylon Abeyta - First
Triton Abeyta - First
Isaiah Martinez - Third
Josiah Martinez - Third
Mario Carradine - Second
Gavin Guymon - Fourth
Cyprus Leavitt - Fourth
Wynter Lighthizer - Fourth
Jeremy Behling - Fourth
William Lighthizer - Second
Lacey Bennett - Fourth
Colton Thompson - Second
Shelby Thompson - First
Tyson Torrez - Third
Chandler Boyd - Fourth
Dylan Maynes - Second
Dakota Curtis - First
Keityn Hunt - Third
Kahill Hunt - First
Gabe Drage - First
Wesley Quinlog - Third
Kayden Ledbetter - Second
Whitney Lighthizer - Fourth
Diggers coached by:
Carbon wrestling individual places:
Caden Padilla - First
Bonham Brewer - Third
Carter Sorenson - Second
Sage Blessing - Second
Caden Crider - Second
Collin Lewis - First
Trey Crider - Third
Carbon coached by: