Daniel Peczuh shows the ump he has the ball after a run stopping tag at the plate in the late innings of the Morgan game. Carbon still lost 4-1 in the first game of the playoffs.
It was an ending that no-one saw coming. The Carbon Dinos had had a great season and finished regular play as region champs, earning the right to host the first round of playoffs. Everything was going their way until reality hit.
Carbon lost their first game 4-1 to fifth-seeded Morgan in a nine inning affair. They then faced Bear River in the consolation game and again went extra innings before losing 9-7 and ending their season.
The Dinos' opening game against Morgan was a pitcher's duel. Gage Bigelow pitched three scoreless innings before giving up a run in the fourth. Carbon could not manage a run until the sixth as they tied it up. Carbon had two dramatic inning-ending plays at the plate go their way to keep Morgan off the boards.
There it remained as the home crowd waited for the big Dino inning that never came. Instead it was the Trojans that put up three in the ninth to stun the fans and get the win. Hayden Basinger came on in relief and took the loss. Dylan Vogrinec and Basinger each had a double in the loss.
A visibly shaken Coach Troy Moynier had little to say between the games except that Morgan pitched a good game and his team failed to come through with hits and had made some critical base running errors that took them out of it.
"They weren't ready, I didn't have them ready," he said as he headed to the dugout to prepare for the next game.
The Dinos took the field against Bear River and quickly took the lead. But the entire game remain a seesaw affair. Jake Nichols started the game for Carbon. He struggled a bit and then seemed to settle down. As the game went on the Dinos went through several relief pitchers as they tried to stop Bear River from scoring.
In the late innings it was Bear River going up by a pair in their frame and the Dinos tying it up in the bottom. In the seventh it looked bleak for Carbon as they were again down a pair and put up two quick outs. But with a runner on, Daniel Peczuh came through with a triple to get it within one. He scored on the next hit and for the second game in a row it was in extra innings.
With Beau Rich on the mound, Bear River again found a way to score a pair. This time there was no answer from the Dino offense and their season ended with a short pop-up to the third baseman.
After a long talk with his team, a somber Moynier had little to add to what he had said in between games but he did softly express his deep disappointment about the outcome. "It hurts a lot to lose both of these, especially here at at home, games we should have won."
With only three seniors on this year's squad, next year should be another solid season for the Carbon Dinos baseball team. With a little more maturity under their belts, the team hopes the final outcome will be dramatically different.