Carbon High catcher Daniel Peczuh looks to the Dino coaches for a signal.
The Carbon Dino baseball team set out on a journey south to find some redemption from their big loss to Payson. But the weekend didn't start too well as they fell equally big to Dixie with a final score of 19-0.
However then things began to look up. Carbon doubled up Tooele 10-5 for their first win of the season.
Then they dropped two close ones to finish things up. Bear River came from behind to edge out the Dinos 11-10 in extra innings.
Then the same thing happened in the final game against Grantsville as Carbon fell 9-8 in a game that went until 1 a.m.
Josh Dennison pitched a superb game for the Dinos in their win over 4A Tooele. The Carbon defense behind him was sharp as well. It was the best game of the young season so far for the Dinos.
In the final two games, late inning mistakes cost Carbon their victories.
Against Bear River, the Dinos lead 10-2 until the last two innings and then couldn't close things out in the extra frame. It didn't help that Carbon's left fielder, Andrew Salazar broke his ankle running the bases.
Carbon was into the seventh inning of their game against Grantsville when they allowed the Cowboys to put up a seven spot and the win. Many factors contributed to the loss.
That final game was supposed to start at 7 p.m. but got under way at 10:30. Initially, Carbon was told the game would be called at midnight. Holding onto a 6-2 lead at the stroke of 12, the Dinos were then told the game would go one more inning. They didn't have a pitcher ready and things fell apart. With Grantsville now ahead by one the game was called after six innings.
Assistant Coach John Elswood summed things up on Monday as he headed out to practice.
"We should have won these games," he said. "Errors cost us in those last two games, but overall we played better as the weekend progressed. We'll continue to work on the fundamentals and try to cut the errors down."
The head coach was pragmatic about the situation.
"I remind myself that this is a very, very young team," added Coach Troy Moynier, "We just need to keep improving our defense. John (Elswood) is our pitching coach and I am very pleased with the pitching we have had so far."
The team will now head east to Colorado for another three games this weekend.
Then Moab will come to Price to take on the Dinos on March 24 at 2:30 p.m.