Hayden Basinger turns the front half of a double play as Clint Finkbiner backs him up in the recent game with Highland. Carbon went on to win 16-4.
The final test for the Dino baseball squad was against two 4A schools. If Coach Troy Moynier had any doubts about his team, they are quickly vanishing as the Dinos routed Highland 16-4 on Wednesday before defeating Mountain View 15-7 on Thursday to wrap-up preseason action.
On March 25 the Dinos took on Highland in a home game. Carbon got on top first with runs in the first and third innings. Beau Rich was rolling along, keeping Highland's bats quiet until the fourth when they parlayed a couple hits and walk into three runs. Jaren McCourt came on in relieve and gave up one more run to get out of the inning. It was the last hurrah for Highland as they did not score again.
As in so many other games, it just took one inning to wake up the Dino bats and the fourth was it as they pounded out eight runs before it was over. They added six more in the fifth to end the game early.
Keny Seals did the honor of pushing the final runs across with a grand slam in the fifth. Clint Finkbiner and Hayden Basinger hit key triples in the big fourth inning show. Julian Tamllos added a double as well. Basinger was 4-4 at the plate and Beau Rich went 3-4.
"Its kinda scary sometimes when our bats are silent," remarked Coach Troy Moynier about the big inning, "But then they always seem to get the hits and the big inning. Its becoming our pattern in these games."
Moynier was a bit more worried about facing Mountain View, but his team did not let him down. Because of the cold wintry weather the the Dinos struggled a bit in the field. They committed three errors and were not as crisp as some games.
Carbon had their big inning in the third to go up 8-1, but let Mountain View tighten it up with five runs to make it an 8-6 game. The Dinos tacked on three more in the fifth and four in the sixths to put the game away and secure their eight straight win.
Gage Bigelow was the starting pitcher for the Dinos, he got the win. Jake Nichols came on in relief and closed out the game.
Seals had another big night with a three RBI double. Seth Tryon was 4-5 at the plate including a double. McCourt and Daniel Peczuh also came through with two baggers.
Coach Moynier is looking ahead to the region play saying, "It's nice to be back on top after a few mediocre years, but every one will be gunning for us and we have to not let down at all and stay focused."
The first region game will be Tuesday, March 30 (today) at the Carbon High Field against ALA at 3:30 p.m.