With just about a week to go until the regular season ends for most baseball and softball teams around the state, teams in the local area are going in opposite directions.
The Spartan baseball team sits in a first-place tie atop the Region 15 standings with San Juan with a 7-2 record. Emery is coming off an 8-6 extra-inning win against South Sevier on Tuesday. The SpartansВ (11-7 overall)В have won six of their last nine games overall. San Juan will travel to Castle Dale Thursday in a pivotal game for both teams. What’s at stake? First place in Region 15 going into the 2A Playoffs. The Spartans will conclude their season against 3A Union Saturday.
The Lady Spartans have been on quite a roll lately. As with the baseball team, Emery sits in a tie for first place with San Juan in Region 15. The Spartans (6-1, 15-4) have won 13 of their last 15 games, with their only losses coming against Enterprise (10-0 Region 13, 18-2 overall) and San Juan. The winner of the San Juan Emery game on Thursday will take sole possession of first place going into the playoffs. The Lady Spartans will then take on Region 16 foe Gunnison on Tuesday before ending their season next Thursday at 3A Uintah.
The Dinos ripped off five-straight wins from March 22-April 11, but since that time they have found themselves losers of four straight. Carbon lost a nail-biter to Payson at home in extra innings on Tuesday, 10-9. The Dinos (3-4, 11-7) sit in fourth place in Region 12. Carbon will travel to Payson on Thursday and to North Sanpete Tuesday. The Dinos will finish the regular season at home against the Hawks May 3.
The Lady Dinos have struggled all season. They have won back-to-back games only once this season and have a five and two three-game losing streaks. Carbon suffered a tough loss at home Wednesday against 2A Richfield, 7-6. The Dinos (1-6, 6-14) will finish the season with three straight home games against Payson, Spanish Fork and Delta, respectively.