|The Carbon infield scrambles to knock down a ball during the second inning of Tuesday's game. Carbon defeated Emery with strong bats and a solid pitching performance by sophomore Adam Martinez.|
In a batting spectacular, Carbon High baseball ended Spartan hopes early with a 10 run second inning on Tuesday at Carbon field, and ending the game in five innnings with an 11-0 victory.
The Dinos had entered the top of the second inning with a two run advantage.
Initially, it looked as though Emery would make the most noise in the second inning.
A lead off double followed by an error left sophomore Carbon pitcher Adam Martinez with two on and no outs.
However, Martinez showed the mental strength of a seasoned pro, setting down the next three batters on a pop fly, a strike out and a ground out.
Then, it was Carbon's turn.
Tyler Nelson began the rally with a double and was immediately joined on the bases by Martinez, who was hit by an errant pitch.
A perfectly placed bunt by Mike Zaccaria loaded the bases when the Emery fielder slipped in the wet grass.
Chase Julian knocked in two with a line drive off an Emery glove. Chris Hatch singled to drive in two more.
Mike Smith didn't wait for his teammates to bring him home, pushing extra bases for an in the park homer.
Joe Via followed suit, reaching third on a single while Emery fumbled for the ball.
Troy Grundy and Adam Martinez both singled to make the score 10-0.
The inning finally ended when a Carbon runner ran into a live ball on his way to second.
It never got better than that for Emery, as Carbon added another run to the score in the fourth inning, and held the Spartans scoreless in every inning.
Martinez limited the Emery club to just three hits, two of them in the second inning when Chandler Pearson banged a double and then Trevor Thompson hit a short single, but failed to score him. Another hit by Pearson in the fourth led to the Emery total.
The left-handed sophomore Carbon pitcher had eight strikeouts in the game and issued only one base on balls.His teammates played errorless ball behind him and he helped his own cause with two hits of his own and a couple of runs-batted-in. Chris Hatch went three for three at the plate.
The undefeated in league play Dinos (5-0) now travel to Lehi on Friday for another league encounter.