|A Carbon player plows into third as the Emery defender waits for the ball. Despite this small victory, Carbon lost the game 10-3.|
If there is a high school baseball region in the state of Utah that is more mixed up than 3A's Region 8, then it better step forward, because no one has noticed it.
At the first of the season it was Carbon that was on top. Then Juan Diego moved to the forefront only to be replaced by the Emery Spartans when they registered a 10-3 win over the Dinos on Carbons home field on Friday.
For the Carbon team everything went topsy-turvy on Friday. When the Delta Rabbits defeated Juan Diego to knot up the Region 8 lead, it was the opportunity that Carbon needed to regain their role at the top. On Friday afternoon the region had four teams sitting with a 5-2 record. Carbon and Emery were two of those teams and they were set to go head to head. The match-up already had the normal school to school rivalry factor, but add to it a chance to bump the other team off the top of the mountain and it was a volatile mix.
Aaron Sandoval took the mound for the Dinos and pitched a great first inning. Sandoval led off the offensive game for the Dinos as well and got on base with a walk. Carbon capitalized on the free pass and scored two runs before the end of the first inning.
It looked once again like Dino time.
But in the top of the second the Spartans got there bats rolling and began to hit hard on Sandoval. Chase Julian came on in relief, but could not shut the Spartans down before six runs had crossed the plate in the inning.
Tempers flared as a couple of players exchanged words. Coach Lane Herrick gathered his players and got their heads back into the game.
The Dinos were able to put a run on the board in the third to cut the lead in half.
From there it was a stalemate for awhile as neither team scored in the fourth.
Emery again found their stroke as they added three more runs in the fifth.
Carbon had no response to that barrage and the game ended with the Dinos falling to fourth place on an evening when they could have held first.
Errors are what cost Carbon the game as they committed officially committed four mistakes. Only lowly Granite (1-6) and North Sanpete (0-8) are out of contention. But Carbon needs to win their final league contests to be in good shape for the state tournament. This afternoon (Tuesday) they meet North Sanpete and then on Thursday afternoon they have a rematch at home against Juan Diego, the team that took them out of first place contention in the first place.
Right now if Carbon were to go into state play, they would have to play Wasatch from Region 10 who has a 6-2 record. Worst of all it would be played on the Wasps field.