Dinos baseball claims region title
Last week had three critical games for the Carbon Dinos that could have made or broke their momentum. Carbon made sure they kept the ball rolling with wins in all three games to earn the Region 10 title and the home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
On Wednesday the Dinos played their final game with Wasatch and came out on top 12-4. Then in brutally cold and windy conditions swept the home double header with Union with scores of 5-1 and 12-11 to send their region record to 7-0 with three games left to play.
In the game in Heber, both teams had double headers later in the week so they saved their aces. But Hayden Basinger made sure that he gave the Dinos a solid outing to go with another outstanding offensive effort from the team. Jaren McCourt came in as the closer and did another great job as well.
The Dinos put up four in the third and Union answered with three in the top of the fourth before the Dinos added eight more in the next few innings. Colin Moynier and Julian Tamllos hit doubles as the Dinos put up 12 runs on 14 hits with only one error.
Gage Biglow got the start in game one on Friday. With a cold wind slicing the field, Union held on to a one run lead through the top of the fifth. Carbon was able to go ahead in the bottom of the inning with a pair before icing it up with three in the sixth. Bigelow got the complete game win.
Bryce Blackburn and Tamllos doubled as the Dinos put up five runs on nine hits and three errors.
As temperatures continued to drop, Derek Young took the mound for the final game. The Dinos built up an 8-3 lead in the fifth before a couple of key errors in the Dino defense gave Union a chance to claw back in it with five in the sixth. Knotted at eight, Union added three in the eight, but Carbon pushed it right back to a stale mate before getting the winning run in the ninth.
Dakota Cisneros took over in middle relief from Young and McCourt got the win in relief. McCourt also hit a triple and Tamllos drilled another double. Dylan Vogrinec went 4-4 and hit both the tying and winning runs in the game. Carbon put up 12 runs on 11 hits and three errors.
"I am still trying to warm up," said coach Troy Moynier the morning after in an interview. "Our kids played well despite of the cold, but in the second game it took its toll. We were up and then made to key errors to let them score those five runs. We also have a few players injured like Clint Finkbiner who is big on offense and defense. But others are stepping up in the roles. Derek (Young) and Dakota (Cisneros) pitched well in the final game, but had to work through the errors that the defense allowed."
He went on to say, "Now my biggest concern is for the final three games and not to have a let down. Our focus is to keep improving."
Carbon is on the road Tuesday against ALA and Friday for a double header with Park City. Playoff pairings and game times will be announced later.