Tough preseason reveals solid strengths
For the Lady Dinos, manager/coach Tony Pinedo had set up a tough preseason schedule to prepare them for the season ahead.
They have 10 games under their belts so far, and have won six of them. They began last week with a home win against Richfield on Wednesday, March 17, winning, 6-3.
The following day, the team visited Pineview and lost, 10-2. Continuing the southern roadtrip, Carbon participated in the Snow Canyon Tournament on Friday, losing to Woods Cross, 8-3 before bouncing back with a 5-1 victory over Manti the same day.
Finishing up on Saturday, March 20, the club suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Bountiful before edging out region foe Wasatch, 3-2.
In the home game on Wednesday, against Richfield, the Lady Dinos jumped out to a four run lead in the first. Richfield slowly crawled back in and the game was 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth. Carbon iced it up with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to secure the win.
Kenzie Cave remained undefeated off the mound. Alexis Oliver was big at the plate with a double and a home run blast. Brittany Stefanoff also had a two base hit for the Dinos.
It was 4A Pineview that handed Cave her first loss of the season as the home team came out swinging with 14 hits off the pitcher. Oliver had another double, but that was the extent of the Lady Dinos' offense.
Friday at the Snow Canyon Tournament, another 4A school, Woods Cross gave Breanna Hurdsman her second loss of the season.
Woods Cross jumped out on top 5-2 in the first inning and the Lady Dinos never recovered. But against Manti it was the Dino bats that did the talking as the Carbon girls got back on track with the 5-1 win.
Another 4A school, Bountiful, handed the Lady Dinos their third loss of the tournament.
This time, it was a close game with the Dinos on top 2-1 until the fourth when Bountiful put up three to take the lead and the victory.
Finally, Carbon got their first peek at one of their region foes, Wasatch.
The Dinos finished off their road swing strong and edged out the Wasps 3-2 to take their record to 6-4 on the season.
Next up will be one more non-region game - against South Sevier - on Wednesday, March 24 with a 3:30 p.m. game time. Region action will start on March 29 at home against ALA.