Dinos end season with fourth place finish at state
All winning streaks come to an end.
The Carbon Dinos headed into the state tournament on a 22-game streak that ended in the very first game down in Dixie with an unexpected 12-3 loss to Desert Hills.
The Dinos jumped back on the winning side on Friday handing Bear River the same type of defeat with a 13-2 victory for Carbon as they kept their title hopes alive.
But Canyon View proved to be the better team in the night cap as they knocked the Dinos out of the tournament with a 9-3 loss and a fourth place finish.
On paper Carbon looked to be the favorite over Desert Hills. But the game is played in front of cheering and jeering spectators on not on paper.
Neither team put up a run in the first on Thursday. Then each team pushed one across in the second. The Thunder added one in the third, but the Dinos picked up a score in both the fourth and fifth and led by one.
Gage Bigelow was sailing along on the mound, but then it began to unravel. Four errors, a few walks and hits in the top of the sixth sent the game out of control for the Dinos.
The final score was 12-3. Dylan Vogrinec knocked a double and Jaren McCourt hit a triple as the Dinos had seven hits in the game
Coach Troy Moynier didn't have much to say as he tried to cope with the loss. The coaching staff did find words for the team though.
Before the Friday game with Bear River, coach Moynier watched his team warm up and remarked, "We beat them up yesterday. Today we just concentrated on being loose, laughing and getting ready to play our game. We can beat anyone when we play Carbon ball."
Bear River was feeling good after outlasting Cedar in a nine inning game to advance. But the Dinos took it to them early and often.
Julian Tamllos rounded third on a hard hit ball and scored only to see it taken away when Bear River threw over and touched third. The umpire on the field stated Tamllos missed the base and Carbon lost the run. But next batter hit for an RBI and Carbon led by a run.
After Bear River tied up up Carbon batters teed off and by the end of the second it was 5-2 in favor of the Dinos. That would be the last run Dylan Vogrinec would give up off the mound that night.
Carbon continued to add to their total in every inning with a run in the third, five in the fourth and two more in the fifth to end the game in five.
They scored 13 runs off 13 hits with only one error. Vogrinec had a complete game win.
Canyon View had beaten Delta earlier in the day and was ready to beat anyone who stood in the path of their trip back to face Juan Diego in the championship. Carbon was hoping to do the same with Jaren McCourt on the mound.
It was the Falcons that drew first blood with a run in the first. They added three in the third before the Dinos finally got on the board with a run. Canyon View pushed two more in the fourth to go up 6-1.
Derek Young came on in the fifth and shut down the scoring, but had trouble in the sixth as the Falcons added three more.
Carbon bats finally strung together a series of hits to cut the lead by a pair. Young kept the Falcons from adding to the lead. McCourt stepped up and blasted a leadoff triple on the first pitch and hope remained alive for the Dinos. But the next three batters were unable to capitalize and the season ended for Carbon with a fourth place finish.
The Dinos quietly filed past the Falcons and shook hands before letting emotion take over. They headed to the left field to hear one final talk from their coaches.
"Canyon View is a good team and has a little more experience in post season play than us and that helps," said Moynier after the game.
"We didn't play good enough to beat them, but I am proud of these boys. They worked hard and we had fun all year long. Of course we had more fun when we were winning. We are going to miss our four seniors: Hayden Basinger, Colin Moynier Clint Finkbiner and Gage Bigelow. But we have a lot of good talent coming back. We hope to also have Jake Nichols back in the line up since he had to miss all season recovering from injury. But I expect these boys to take advantage of legion play and anything else they can do to get themselves ready for next season."