Salem Hills outlasts Dinos in last game
The Carbon High baseball team went nine innings before running out of steam against the Salem Hills Sky Hawks on Monday losing to the Utah county team 9-5.
The rare Monday game was a make up game for an earlier rain out. At the end of seven it was tied 5-5, so the extra innings were warranted.
For the first four innings Carbon was in control. They took advantage of the Salem pitcher and built up a 4-0 lead. Dino first baseman Chris Coleman snagged a screaming line drive and quickly threw to second to double off the runner and helped get Carbon out of a jam in the second.
Josh Denison was on the mound for the Dinos and seemed to have their hitters off balance.
In the fifth, it again looked like things were running smoothly, when unfortunately a throwing error allowed two Sky Hawks to cross the plate. Denison had trouble shaking it off and after a walk to put a runner on first, he gave up a homerun and the game was tied. Austin Davis came on and got the final out in the inning and stayed in to pitch.
Again in a jam with runners on base and only one out for the Sky Hawks, Carbon's left fielder Julian Tamllos came charging in on a bloop hit to left and made a great catch and threw to second to again turn the double play. The Dinos took the lead again in the sixth, but gave up a run in the seventh and the game moved to extra innings.
Gage Bigelow came on as the closing pitcher for Carbon. Neither team could score in the eighth, but in the ninth, Salem scattered just enough hits to send four across home base. The Carbon offense didn't rise to the challenge and the game was over.
Bigelow was charged with the loss.
Beau Rich played his role as lead off perfectly for the Dinos by going four of five at the plate with a pair of doubles, two singles and drove in three of the five Dino runs. Julian Tamllos had a triple.
For most of the game, Coach Troy Moynier was pleased with the effort of his team.
"We played well, but it is frustrating because we had several chances to win," he commented at the game. "The team hasn't learned how to win. They battled hard, but again we didn't get the hits when we needed them. Little things were huge. It's hard when the team is so young."
The team will play its first round play-in on Saturday. At this point the Dinos don't know whether their opponent will be Uintah or Park City. Uintah is one win ahead of Park City in their region and they still have to play each other head to head twice before Saturday to make up games postponed by the Park City school closure for the H1N1 virus.
In addition, Park City also has to fit in a game with Judge Memorial this week as well.