|Chase Julian is seen here as a junior when he pitched against Spanish Fork in an early game last year. This year he is a senior and will be one of many players that will be defending Carbon's 2005 state title.|
The Carbon High Dino baseball team started off their season, just where they ended up last year on Monday.
Few teams can say that, because most end up in a state tournament where they lose their last game of the year. But for the defending 3A champions, it was like old times. That was except for the fact it was early spring baseball against a 2A opponent in Moab, with a few players from last years state squad missing.
Nonetheless a win is a win and the 6-5 decision was a good start.
Coach Lane Herrick was pleased with his squad as they played hard all the way through the game. Carbon scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead.
Grand High, however, was able to put one more on the board before the contest was through but it was not enough.
Herrick says his team has a number of things to work on. They are a young team, but they are expected to produce big results.
Hopefully their preseason record will live up to the expectations; the Dinos are presently ranked number one in the 3A division. With that early ranking a lot of teams will be gunning for them.
The squad leaves for St. George later this week to play in the Pizza Hut Classic on Friday and Saturday. They will face off with Tooele and Cedar on Friday. The Buffalos always have a good team and the Redmen will have a lot of fans there, because they will be close to home.
On Saturday they will have a run in with Wasatch. The Wasps are ranked second in the state so that should be a good reality check for the Carbon boys.
The tournament will wrap up with one final game on Saturday night. That match-up will be determined by the results of the previous games.
|A Lady Dino pitcher winds up during the game with San Juan.|
Tuesday was a transition day.
The weather went from pretty nice to cold and blustery.
It was a bad omen for the Carbon Lady Dinos softball team as San Juan blew into town and froze up a young and inexperienced squad with a 6-1 victory.
For Carbon it was their first game of the season, and the cold could have affected them.
Or maybe it was just the early season jitters. Regardless, San Juan had less trouble with the cold and put on a good offensive show.
Carbon coach Tony Pinedo saw some good things from his players on the field however.
"We have some learning to do and we will move along as the season progresses." Pinedo commented, "We are a young team that lacks experience."
With that loss the team hopes to find better weather as they head south to play some games against other 3A schools and then to participate in the Pizza Hut Classic this weekend in St. George.
First they will take on Dixie and Pineview on Thursday and then on Friday the tournament starts with them playing in five games.
In those games they will battle several teams and the weather to gain some of the needed experience before starting region play.
Their next home game will be against Union on March 23 and they start Region 8 competition on March 28 against Granite on the Dinos home field.
|A CEU players slides into home during the game against Weber on Tuesday.|
The College of Eastern Utah's baseball team is well into its season already. Play started back in February with a road game to Arizona.
The Eagles are struggling this year with a 1-7 conference record. They are second from the bottom of the standings and six games behind of conference leading Southern Idaho.
Tuesday afternoon they played a double header against Weber and swept the two game set. The early game saw Craig Lanzarotto hit a three run homer in the 4th to put the Eagles up.
They finished off with a 6-3 win over Weber.
The second game was another good offensive output from the Eagles as they overpowered Weber 7-2.
Overall the team's record of 7-11 is a bit more encouraging than its league mark in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.
The league has changed some this year with the Golden Eagles joining the standard teams of Southern Idaho, Northern Idaho, Colorado Northwestern, Snow, and Salt Lake Community College, along with Southern Nevada Community College and Western Nevada Community College.
The high point of the season for the Eagles so far is a 12-2 victory over Weber State on February 25.
The 11 hits resulted in 12 runs while Weber committed four errors.
CEU moves on to Henderson, Nev. for a weekend series against Southern Nevada CC.
The team's next conference game will be against conference leading Southern Idaho on March 17 and 18 in Twin Falls, Idaho.