Carbon High's Dominic Rondinelli, center, celebrates with teammates Kellen Trujillo, left, and Zac Hathaway, right, after making a crucial catch to end a rally by Canyon View during Carbon's 2-0 win on Saturday afternoon during the First Round of the 3A Tournament.
Cole Fossat pumps his fist after striking out a batter to end an inning during the 2-0 win over Canyon View. Fossat pitched a complete game and benefited from solid defensive play behind him.
Carbon High Head Coach Bret Bennett argues a call with an umpire during the loss to Grantsville. Bennett said the Dinos can advance farther in the tournament with strong pitching, defense and timely hitting.
Carbon High outfielder Caden Sherman looks at the signals from coaches before stepping back in the batters box. Sherman scored the team's lone run in the loss to Grantsville.
Carbon players watch the final inning of their 6-1 loss to Grantsville on Saturday afternoon at the Grantsville High School Baseball Field.
Carbon splits two games in Grantsville as they move into one-loss bracket in 3A Tournament
Pitching, defense and timely hitting.
That's been the formula for the Carbon High Baseball team through much of the season.
That formula for winning was on full display during the 3A First Round matchup with Canyon View in Grantsville on Saturday afternoon.
Timely hitting: Carbon scored two runs in the second inning with Jacky Byrge and Dominic Rondinelli coming with RBIs to give the Dinos an early 2-0 lead.
From there it moved another part of the winning formula.
Pitching: The offense gave starting pitching Cole Fossat an early lead to work with which helps take off some of the pressure for a pitcher.
Fossat responded with seven shutout innings allowing four hits, one walk while striking out seven Canyon View batters.
"Cole pitched as well as he did all season," said CHS Head Coach Bret Bennett.
When it looked like Fossat was in trouble when a runner got on, he responded with a big pitch to pick up a strikeout.
But he was helped by the final part of the formula.
Defense: When Canyon View got runners on base, things became tense. With a 2-0 lead, there is a razor thin margin for error.
But every time runners got on base, Carbon responded. Whether it was gloving a hard grounder, converting a big double play or catching a pop up to end an inning, the defense did it.
In the top of the fifth inning, Canyon View had a rally stopped when Rondinelli made a spectacular catch when he laid out to get a fly ball in shallow left center field.
"Dominic made a great running catch to stop that rally," said Bennett.
Carbon held on for the 2-0 win, advancing to a matchup with host Grantsville. Carbon fell behind 4-0 after three innings as they dropped the game 6-1 to Grantsville on a cold and windy afternoon.
Carbon is still alive in the one-loss bracket. They will play Uintah on Thursday, May 15 at 11 a.m. at Dons Field in Spanish Fork.
Bennett said the knowledge of knowing one more loss will end the season may be a help in motivating the team to give their all the rest of the way.
"We lose one more and we're done," he said. "Hopefully we can be the team to come out of the one-loss bracket."