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Stansbury • The Carbon baseball team cruised to a 5-0 victory against Dixie in the Dinos' second playoff game of the day Saturday, but it didn't go off without a hitch.
Starting pitcher Dakota Cisneros took himself out of the game after two innings with his team up 2-0 because of stomachaches attributed to food poisoning that made it difficult for him to even stand up. He took care of the first three hitters in succession, including a strikeout, and needed only four batters to get three outs in the second.
Fortunately for Cisneros and the rest of the Dinos, Nick Rukavina came in and didn't miss a beat in their Class 3A state baseball quarterfinal. He allowed three hits and had a strikeout over three innings to preserve the shutout while Carbon added to its lead with a run in the fourth.
"Guys that come in are definitely ready to play, and they work hard," Cisneros said. "That made me feel a little better."
The game got off to a quick start for the Dinos when Cisneros, the leadoff hitter, walked in the first at-bat and proceeded to steal second and third. He scored when Tyler Procarioue belted a sacrifice fly to center field. That was all the support Carbon's pitching staff needed.
Each team ended the game with nine hits, and Carbon coach Troy Moynier was excited about his team's defense, which kept the Flyers off the board.
He said he appreciated his players' ability to adapt to the unforeseen circumstances.
"We had kids all over the field at different positions, various times in the game and we were still making the plays throughout the game," Moynier said. "I'm just so excited to be able to advance in the winners bracket and represent Carbon."
The Dinos started their day by upsetting Juan Diego 7-6 in the opener. Carbon will face Desert Hills at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dixie State.
Storylines Carbon 5, Dixie 0
R Nick Rukavina comes on in relief after Carbon's starting pitcher falls ill.