|Chase Julian is seen here as a junior when he pitched against Spanish Fork in an early game last year. This year he is a senior and will be one of many players that will be defending Carbon's 2005 state title.|
The Carbon High Dino baseball team started off their season, just where they ended up last year on Monday.
Few teams can say that, because most end up in a state tournament where they lose their last game of the year. But for the defending 3A champions, it was like old times. That was except for the fact it was early spring baseball against a 2A opponent in Moab, with a few players from last years state squad missing.
Nonetheless a win is a win and the 6-5 decision was a good start.
Coach Lane Herrick was pleased with his squad as they played hard all the way through the game. Carbon scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead.
Grand High, however, was able to put one more on the board before the contest was through but it was not enough.
Herrick says his team has a number of things to work on. They are a young team, but they are expected to produce big results.
Hopefully their preseason record will live up to the expectations; the Dinos are presently ranked number one in the 3A division. With that early ranking a lot of teams will be gunning for them.
The squad leaves for St. George later this week to play in the Pizza Hut Classic on Friday and Saturday. They will face off with Tooele and Cedar on Friday. The Buffalos always have a good team and the Redmen will have a lot of fans there, because they will be close to home.
On Saturday they will have a run in with Wasatch. The Wasps are ranked second in the state so that should be a good reality check for the Carbon boys.
The tournament will wrap up with one final game on Saturday night. That match-up will be determined by the results of the previous games.