Carbon knocked out of state play early: Errors take toll on state play
|Carbon's Tyler Turcaso covers home plate as a Uintah runner heads into score. The Utes took advantage of Carbon errors to close the game in five innings.|
It has often been said that baseball is a mental game; much more so than other team sports. On Saturday morning that old adage was proven once again as the Carbon baseball team committed mental error after mental error to go down their worst defeat in at least six years. And unfortunately it happened in the first game of the state tournament.
Uintah, a poor team at the beginning of the season, a team that was loaded with sophomores and one that no one thought would do much, came on strong to beat the Dinos 10-0 in seven innings. It was a epitaph to a game which showed thinking is a part of the game.
Carbon missed flys, threw the balls to people who weren't there and at one point had a mini-team meeting on first base while the ball was still in play and the Utes had a runner on third base.
Tyler Turcaso did a fine job on the mound in the Uintah game, taking up slack from injuries to the pitching squad.
In the second game against Tooele that afternoon, the Dinos looked much better, but were up against a Buffalo team that was mad as hell, because they had lost the state opener on their own field that morning to Snow Canyon, 5-0. The number one ranked Tooele team wasn't going to let another squad take away their title hopes.
Uintah, whose season had begun so dismally, finished up the day by also taking out Snow Canyon 6-3, thereby advancing to a spot few could have imaged them occupying from the Tooele bracket.
"Last week I sat the kids down and said we needed to play with pride and take responsibility," said Coach Lane Herrick on Monday morning during a phone interview. "We certainly did that in the second game against Tooele."
True. After the debacle that was the morning contest against Uintah at the Deseret Peak Complex, the Dinos came back strong against the Buffaloes.
"We came out with fire and energy in that game and by the fourth inning we were up 2-0."
However Tooele came back and put three on the board in the fourth and even though Carbon added two more in the fifth inning, Tooele was able to belt out five.
But the game wasn't over yet. Carbon had a couple of other chances, one coming at the bottom of the seventh when the bases were loaded with two outs.
However, the Carbon batter struck out and the game was over.
Kyle Assay threw a fine game and was instrumental in keeping the team in the mix until the end.
So for the first time in many years Carbon won't be there to pick up a first, second or third place at state. Instead the players will be back at home thinking about graduation, American Legion ball or summer vacation.
And for the huge number of sophomores and juniors on the squad, they can contemplate about what the future can bring next season.