A dark foreboding wall of cumulus clouds hung over the early innings of Canyon del Oro’s second round playoff baseball game with Seton Catholic last Monday.
Though the literal clouds gave way to brilliant blue sky, the figurative ones never did—with the Dorados falling to the Sentinels, 6-4.
CDO fell behind in the opening inning, with senior southpaw Nate Martinez giving up a run on a fielder’s choice. The Dorados struck back in the second, however, with freshman Dominic Felix slashing a single to tie the game at 1.
The Sentinels wouldn’t be denied, scoring one run in the game’s fourth inning and three more in the fifth to take a commanding 5-1 lead.
The home side appeared to have new life in the bottom half of the fifth, when senior shortstop Enrique ‘Kiko’ Romero blasted a two-run home run over the right field wall.
Romero’s shot was not enough, however, as the Sentinels would go on to tack on another tally on a single to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh.
The Dorados would get the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the seventh, scoring one run to draw within two of Seton Catholic.
That’s all they’d get, as Seton Catholic senior pitcher Ryan Johnson closed the door, getting the final two outs of the game to cap off a wild 6-4 victory.
First-year coach Jason Hisey lamented his team’s sloppy defense Monday, calling the team’s four errors inexcusable. He expressed hope that his team would improve their play ahead of the team’s elimination game against Estrella Foothills on Wednesday, May 1.
“We’ve just got to play catch. I mean, by my count, we gave up at least four unearned runs,” Hisey said. “And on a day like today, with the wind blowing in like this, three to four runs should be enough to win. It wasn’t, so we’ve got to play catch. It’s all within our control. We’ve just got to do a better job.”
The Dorados’ luck would not improve, however, falling to the Wolves, 3-1, to end their season on a sour note.
The Dorados offense sputtered throughout their contest in Tempe, falling behind 3-0 in the game’s fourth inning, before getting a run in the bottom half.
Hisey’s side managed to put together five hits for the game, compared to eight by the Wolves, with two errors by the Dorados proving costly in the long run.
Romero was the team’s bright spot on Wednesday, with three of the team’s hits in four at-bats, with a double to his name.
The Dorados finished their season with a 20-8 record, having been bounced in the second round’s elimination game for a second consecutive year.