While the Carbon players hustled on the field to get Emery out, the Emery bats were too hot for Carbon.
A Dino snags a ball right in front of the fence during the Emery game.
As it is in most Carbon and Emery duels in sports, the home baseball game on April 8 between the two teams was no exception. Both squads went into the match-up undefeated and only one could stay that way.
In the end the honor of winning went to the Emery Spartans as they downed the Dinos in a wild one by a score of 16-13.
Josh Dennison took the mound for Carbon and had a great first inning. The Dinos pushed a run across in the bottom half of the first and things looked good. But the second inning saw Carbon struggle as they could not get an out and Emery jumped ahead as they sent five across the plate before they could retire three batters.
Neither team scored in their next at bat and then the Dinos helped themselves back in the game with three runs. They were poised for more, but the Emery left fielder stole a sure base hit with a great defensive effort and closed down the inning.
Then it was the Spartans turn again as they pounced on Dennison and took advantage of his struggles to find the zone. Clint Finkbiner came in as relief and got the Dinos out of the inning but not before nine runs had been scored by the Spartans.
Even though it looked bleak for Carbon, they clawed their way back in the game by scoring inning after inning. Each time the Dinos looked like they could have their own big inning, a Spartan came up with a defensive gem to stem the tide.
Closing the gap to 14-10 in the sixth inning, Carbon gave up two more runs. They were in a hole heading into the final frame with a six run deficit.
They rallied with three runs, but fell short of what they needed to finish pulling themselves out of the abyss they had fashioned early in the game.
Finkbiner tried to help his cause with a double. But the bright spot for the Dinos was the two home run blasts off the bat of Keny Seals.
"We battled back but couldn't overcome our rough inning," remarked Carbon Head Coach Troy Moynier after the loss. "We can't give up all those walks and win the game. It was too much. I give Emery credit. They made some really good plays to shut our big innings down and those plays changed the ball game."
Life doesn't get any easier for the Dinos next week when they start out on the road against Juan Diego on Tuesday (today). The Soaring Eagle are tied with the Dinos at 2-1 for the second spot in the region.
The Dinos then take on Delta on Friday in a home game starting at 3:30 p.m.