ETV News stock photo by Jeff Barrett
The final week of the regular season is here as teams try to solidify their spots in region and gain momentum for the upcoming playoffs. A lot was on the line when second-place Juab (6-2)* came to town to face third-place Carbon (5-3)*.
The Lady Wasps stung first with two quick runs in the opening inning. Carbon was able to get a run back when it batted, but was down 2-1 after one inning of play. Juab struck again in the second, this time for three runs to go up 5-1. Carbon’s Graycie Hansen slapped a two-RBI single up the middle with two outs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the deficit in half. After a Brooke Moosman walk, Kaytlyn Cripps hit a three-run homer to take the lead, 6-5. Carbon then went back-to-back when Dekota Kraushaar hit her solo shot to left.
However, Juab would not go away and tied the game in the following inning. The Lady Wasps then regained the lead in the fourth, 9-7, after they held Carbon scoreless. Stevie Oman led off the bottom of the fifth for the Lady Dinos with a home run to cut it to 9-8. Carbon pushed across two more runs in the same at-bats to take a 10-9 advantage.
The Lady Wasps scored again in the fifth and knotted the game up at 10. After pitching a 1-2-3 inning, Juab singled home a run to break the tie and go up 11-10 in the sixth. Carbon got out of a bases-loaded jam on a line out that ended the Juab threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Dinos used another two-out rally and brought home five runners on two singles and a double. Kennedy Nelson, Allee Abeyta and Oman all demonstrated timely-hitting, driving in the go-ahead run and tacking on insurance runs for Carbon.
Defensively, the Lady Dinos picked a good time to hold Juab scoreless in an inning and sealed the game with a scoreless seventh to take the 15-11 victory.
Cripps led the Lady Dinos with a home run, three runs scored and drove in three. Kraushaar also recored three RBIs and homered in the contest. Moosman pitched five innings and only gave up one earned run.
With the win, Carbon and Juab are now tied for second in Region 14. The Lady Dinos (13-10, 6-3 Region 14) have a chance to take sole possession of that spot on Tuesday when they host ALA (11-8-1, 3-6 Region 14). They will then host senior night on Thursday against cross-county rival Emery at 7 p.m. under the lights at the Carbon County Fairgrounds. The latter game will be broadcast live on ETV Channel 10 and online.
* Region 14 record before game