Not a very good three-peat
It was a tough week for the Carbon girl's softball squad. Early in the week they let the game against Wasatch get away from them.
Then on Friday, April 9, they had to face the No. 2- ranked Union Cougars. One bad inning and no hitting did them in as Union defeated Carbon 9-0 in region action.
Union scored a single run in the first inning before Carbon pitcher Kenzie Cave and the Dino defense shut them down. Offensively, the Dinos were not able to get much generated at the plate as the Union pitcher had good control.
The close game dissolved in one single inning as the Cougars found their stroke and pounded out eight runs in the fourth. Alexis Oliver almost made a game changing catch on a home run by Union. She leaped high and the ball tipped off the end of her glove and over the fence. Cave pitched three more shut out frames after that, but the damage was done.
Coach Tony Pinedo was actually pleased with both the defense and Cave's pitching for most of the game. He was disappointed in the offense and felt like the girls got a little too anxious at the plate.
"They chased too many pitches out of the strike zone," he commented. "Brianne Vogrinec was our bright spot. She had both of our hits and was our only base runner. She waited for her pitch and did something with it."
Despite the losses Pinedo reminded his team that the season is far from over. "I told them we need to take care of business and we still have a shot at second place or at worst third. We will make the playoffs as long as we make sure we beat the teams we should beat. When we are playing our game we can beat just about any team out there."
Many of the players are juniors and sophomores and he is giving them all the playing experience they can handle with JV tournaments scheduled in between an already rigorous varsity schedule.
The team will have a region home game against Park City on Tuesday, April 13 before heading to American Fork for a non-region double header on Thursday. Then they will host ALA for another region match-up on Friday. Games begin at 3:30 p.m.