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CDO beats Sabino 8-3

2nd inning key to Dorados comeback after shaky start

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Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 3:00 am

After only two innings into the game, Canyon del Oro High School pitcher Sam Hamlett was desperate to shake things up.

By then, the starter already had hurled 54 pitches and walked three batters.

“I knew I’d have to change up,” Hamlett, a senior, said.

And that’s exactly what he and his teammates on the CDO boys baseball team did. As a result, the Dorados (9-2 in power-point games) defeated the Sabino High School Sabercats (12-1) by an 8-3 score.

Hamlett ended up going the distance despite his early struggles. The key was Hamlett striking out Sabino slugging star Dylan Ruggeroli with two outs and the bases loaded in the second inning. The maneuver prevented Sabino from taking the lead and kept the teams tied at 1-1.

“My strategy was to get them swinging,” Hamlett said. “My change-up wasn’t working well.”

The Dorados broke out in the bottom of the second with six runs to take a 7-1 lead. To get there, Ryan Craig singled in one run with two men on base. A bases-loaded single by Anthony Badalucco plated another run. Then came the big hit despite two outs.

Cleanup man Tanner Sinclair ripped a triple that rolled to the fence and cleared the bases, resulting in a 6-1 lead. Ruben Rivera singled him home, and then it was 7-1.

“We usually have that one good inning,” Hamlett noted.

After Hamlett gave up one run in the third, the Dorados were never challenged again. The closest attempt came in the ninth, when Sabercat Lucas Leifield homered with two outs.

Hamlett finished with five strikeouts, three walks, nine hits, and two earned runs allowed.

Beating the Sabercats was no small order as they entered the game unbeaten in power-point games, and second in the 4A rankings.

The win ranks the Dorados fourth in the league.

“We could play them again,” said CDO coach Len Anderson. “It could be a closer game.

“We have a mature approach with two strikes. Also, a pitcher is vulnerable with two outs. We don’t mail in at-bats.”

That was evident when the Dorados scored four of their eight runs with a count of two outs.

Did Anderson consider removing Hamlett after his earlier high-pitch count?

“As long as he was effective, Hamlett was going to stay in,” Anderson said.

Looking to the future, the Dorados schedule doesn’t get any easier from here.

“We play Sabino again,” Anderson said. “We also play Flowing Wells, and Pueblo twice. It’s a good competitive league. We have to come out to play.”

What about CDO and Sabino?

“They’re the two best teams in the city,” said Anderson.

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

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Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

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Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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