Season comes to an end with tough loss in 3A State Tourney
Despite loss, Carbon High posts best finish at State Tournament in over 10 years
While it's never easy to end the season with tough loss, especially at the State Tournament, there are silver linings that can go along with the end of the season that just can't be ignored.
And that's exactly what Carbon High Head Softball Coach Kirt Nunley saw.
The Lady Dinos saw their season come to a close with a 7-0 loss to Canyon View in the second round of the one-loss bracket on Thursday afternoon in Spanish Fork.
The final score was not a good measure of how close the game was as Canyon View scored six runs late in the game to finally break away for the win.
Freshman pitcher Kinley Nelson held Canyon View to just one run entering the fifth inning, which came on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning.
"I thought the girls played great," said Nunley. "One inning really hurt us there at the end and we had some close calls that didn't go our way."
Despite the shutout loss, Nunley credited his team with battling a handful of top seeds in the tournament.
"We played tough against some top seeds including Uintah, Juan Diego and Canyon View," he said.
Nunley said the Lady Dinos were able to accomplish a goal of making out of the first round of the tournament by defeating Juan Diego 4-2 in the one-loss bracket on May 10 in Cedar City.
That's an accomplishment to be proud of," Nunley said.
The team loses one senior this season as Alexus Wilson played her final game for Carbon. Nunley credited Wilson with being a good leader and team player.
"Alexus was a four-year starter for us who had a great attitude and was just a great player on the team," he said.
While the loss of Wilson will be tough to fill, Nunley said the team played a handful of freshmen and sophomores that will help provide more depth and experience for next season.