The Canyon del Oro softball team has advanced to the state title game 12 times in their history and with a 4-2 win over Sunrise Mountain the Dorados, won their ninth state championship Tuesday, May 9.
The Dorados survived a late Mustang rally and a 30-minute lightning delay to win the title at ASU’s Farrington Stadium in Tempe.
CDO struck first with a three-spot in the first inning. Hope Banales reached on single, then after the weather delay, Ellessa Bonstrom tripled to score Banales and put the Dorados up 1-0.
Ari Acedo singled home Bonstrom, and she eventually scored on a Nene Campos single.
The Dorado defense made several big plays to keep the Mustangs off the board, but the offense could not come up with key hits, and the game remained 3-0 until the fifth inning.
A.J. Kaiser led off the fifth with a single and was moved over by an Anya Gonzales bunt. Stephanie Cota came in to run for Kaiser and scored CDO’s fourth run on an errant throw by the Sunrise Mountain catcher.
Sunrise Mountain came back with two runs in the top top of the sixth to cut the Dorado lead in half, but the Dorados escaped without any more damage.
Sunrise Mountain got their leadoff runner on in the seventh, but with two out and a runner on second, Halle Morris got the strikeout to win the game.
Morris went the full seven, scattering five hits while striking out six.
Bonstrom was the lone Dorado with two hits, she reached base on all four plate appearances, also drawing two walks.
The Dorados finished the season 30-4 overall.
The CDO baseball team came up a game short, falling in the 4A semi-finals. Nogales beat the Dorados 5-3 at Hi Corbett Field to secure their place in the state title game.
The game was scoreless until the fourth when the Apaches got back-to-back singles and scored on a Dorado error.
Nogales broke things open in the fifth, plating four runs and taking a commanding 5-0 lead. Nogales loaded the bases with a walk, hit batter and a fielder’s choice. A two-out walk and a wild pitch scored two runs, and a deep hit to left field allowed the final two runs to score.
CDO mounted their comeback in the sixth. Kiko Romero tripled and a Derrick Calvillo single scored Romero to get CDO on the board. A walk put two on base for Brian Romero, who promptly tripled to the right field corner, scoring two more.
CDO got out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth and went to the seventh needing two runs to extend the game, but failed to do any damage.
The team saw their season come to an end on the same field the University of Arizona now calls home.
It was another stellar season for the Dorados, they went 21-9 overall and were the fourth ranked team in the state to close the regular season.