Andrew Salazar goes after the ball during the Payson game at home last week. Hot bats were part of the reason that the Carbon baseball team was so successful in Colorado this past weekend.
The Carbon Dino baseball team found their fortunes change with the change of scenery. A trip to Colorado was just what the Dinos needed as they went three for three over the weekend.
They started off Friday with a 13-3 win over Olathe, Colo. Then Saturday they beat up on Alamosa, Colo. 12-0 and Moffat, Colo. 17-0 to cap off a successful road trip.
In the Olathe meeting, Josh Dennison took the mound and went the distance for the Dinos. He had a bit of a rocky start as Olathe smacked a solo homer off of him in each of the first two innings, but then he settled down. He allowed one more run in the third before he closed down their scoring for good.
It took until the third for the Dinos to get their bats rolling. They posted a run to cut the score in half and then exploded in the fourth with an eight spot. Three more came in the fifth inning and then they put up one more in the seventh for luck.
Keny Seals had the only extra base hit for Carbon with a double. The Dinos offense powered out nine hits for their 13 runs. The defense played solid and only committed one error.
It didn't take Carbon long on Saturday to resume their offensive explosion. After scoring one in the first, they batted around in the second inning to send 11 players across the plate. Alamosa had absolutely no answer and the game was over in four innings.
Austin Davis went the distance for the Dinos and took a no hitter into the fourth before he allowed three hits. Josh Dennison hit two doubles and Josh Greenwood smacked a two bagger as part of the Dinos nine hits. Carbon played error-less ball in the short game.
Moffat was the final victim of the Dino offensive machine. Hayden Basinger's pitching shutout Moffat as the Dinos pounded their pitchers with 17 hits. Gage Bigelow came in to finish up the game just to keep his arm fresh.
Basinger also helped himself out with a triple. Beau Rich continued his hot hitting with a double and a triple. Seals and Clint Finkbiner also had a two bagger in the Dino scoring feast.
For Coach Troy Moynier it was just what his team needed.
"The competition was a step down from what we saw in St. George, but we played solid ball and did everything we needed to do," he said. "We hit, fielded and pitched well the entire weekend. We picked up some much needed confidence in ourselves and that should carry over into the rest of the season."
The Dinos play their final two preseason games at the Carbon High field this week. Moab (Grand High School) comes to town on Tuesday and then Union High (Roosevelt) will visit on Friday.
The Tuesday battle starts at 2:30 p.m. and the Friday competition will begin at 3:30 p.m.