Carbon softballers lose two close games
After starting the season 2-0, the Lady Dino softball team have lost seven of their last eight games. Almost all of them have been by less than three runs.
This past weekends games were more of the same as the girls from Carbon lost a 5-3 affair to San Juan and then dropped another to Moab by the score of 4-2.
For Coach Tony Pinedo it is frustrating. Just a play here or a hit there and the win loss record would be totally opposite of what it is now. He knows his team has the potential to make the plays and right now they are refocusing on their approach to the game. He wants them to show up to win, not just to play.
In Moab, against San Juan, both teams played to a 0-0 stalemate in the first two innings. Carbon got their bats moving and posted three in the third including a triple by the pitcher, Kenzie Cave. But the lead didn't last as San Juan posted three of their own in the bottom half of the inning to knot it back up.
The Dinos were not able to hit much of anything the rest of the game, but San Juan sent two more across in the bottom of the fourth and that was the difference in the outcome.
Carbon got their three runs on five hits. They committed three errors in the game. San Juan put up their five runs on six hits and only had one error.
The team then played the Grand High Red Devils. Moab jumped out to an early lead with three in the second. Carbon cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth but could score no more. The Red Devils put the icing on the cake in the sixth with one more run to finish things off.
Brittney Gustas took the mound in this game for the Dinos and Cave came in relief to finish things off. The Dinos got their two hits off of seven runs and committed another three errors.
A junior varsity game with Moab followed and Pinedo played some of his varsity players to get them some additional times at bat. Moab had their varsity pitcher on the mound so it was a good experience for the squad to get in some extra strokes at the plate. The Dinos came back and won that game 14-12 in extra innings.
For Pinedo the JV win helped take the sting out of the close varsity losses.
"It was good for the girls to come back and win a close game," he said. "Granted it was a JV game, But our girls had to face their varsity pitcher and that was good. We are just one or two plays away from having a winning record."
The team will head over the mountain to play North Sanpete on Tuesday and they host Emery on Thursday as they begin region play.
Last Thursday's region opener with Salem Hills was postponed due to weather and will be rescheduled.
The Emery home game will start at 3:30 p.m. at the Carbon softball field.