Carbon's Chris Coleman goes for the ball as an opposing player dives for safety. Coleman, a senior, is heading to Florida on June 12 hoping to land a scholarship or catch the eye of a major league scout. Coleman's talents on the diamond was noticed last season as he played for the Helper American Legion team. That led to an invitation to a try-out for the Florida showcase. Fifty of the state's finest gathered at Salem Hills to show off what they were good at. Coleman is a first baseman and a power hitter. Only 10 made the final cut and scored the coveted invitation to Florida. This past winter Coleman dislocated his shoulder in a snowboarding accident and has not been able to bat for the Dinos. When asked if he would rather be noticed by a pro-scout or a college recruiter, he answered without hesitation, "I would like to get a college scholarship." He is expected to pay his own way to the Florida showcase. A donor came forth and helped cover most of his expenses and he has been able to raise the rest.
The Carbon Dinos finished up their season against two of the best teams in the state and came up on the losing side in both. The team had to face Park City on Saturday morning and dropped the first one 10-1. Logan lost by a run to Cedar and then got to take on the Dinos in the first round losers bracket. The Grizzlies then beat Carbon 16-6.
Coach Troy Moynier felt like his team gave it their all in game one against Park City.
"The score doesn't reflect how well they played," he said. "Gage Bigelow pitched a really good game for a sophomore. We just had a couple of base running mistakes and a few defensive ones and it may have been quite different."
The Miners had picked away at the Carbon defense for five runs before the Dinos posted their only run in the fourth. But that one bad inning happened in the sixth and Park City moved into the winners bracket of the tournament,
The end of that game seemed to take the fight out of the Dinos for game two and Coach Moynier felt like the Carbon players didn't give it their all as they ended their season with the 10 point loss. Logan blasted hits off the usually solid Josh Denison in the first and he was replaced by Nathan Martinez. Martinez had struggled with his control this season and Moynier hadn't used him much.
"He came in and pitched an outstanding game," said Moynier. "It was a good way for him to finish up as a senior."
There is now nothing left to do but look ahead for the coaches and Moynier is pleased with the younger players this year.
"They have a good attitude and that goes a long way toward winning, but, hey, they have to work hard," he said. "The rest of the state works their butts off and our kids have to step it up. I told them that if they are not playing legion ball this summer then they have problems with their commitment. They have two teams to tryout for and there is no excuse. If we don't find a way to improve we are going to keep getting the same results."
Next season's region shuffle includes playing Park City in region play.
"I am excited. We stack up with those teams well, but we have to do the little things to get better, including our coaching," Moynier concluded.