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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:00 am

To say the Dorados’ bats were hot would be an understatement. The current D-2 state softball titleholder, Canyon Del Oro looked playoff ready as the team knocked in 23 runs en route to a 23-11 victory over the Mountain View Mountain Lions last Thursday.

The visiting Dorados got started with a four-run first inning with RBIs from Dominique Gonzales, Makenzie Sullivan, and two from Heather Knight on a double to center field.

The Mountain Lions couldn’t get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, despite earning four hits. 

CDO cooled down in the second, earning just one run from Carli Campbell before Mountain View cut the inning short with a double play.

But when Mountain View failed to capitalize on the offensive end, the Dorados made them pay in the top of the third inning, scoring 11 runs to bring the game to 16-0. 

The inning was highlighted with two RBIs from Knight and two from Jordyn Binnion, who doubled with bases loaded. 

Knight finished the game five for six with two runs, two doubles, and 6 RBIs. 

“We’ve been getting a lot of offensive practice,” said CDO coach Stephanie Nicholson. “We were just trying to get the girls to receive pitches more, and we went in ready for whatever they had, and ended up hitting pretty hard.”

Despite the substantial deficit, the Mountain Lions’ showed resiliency by outscoring the Dorados 11-7 over the next five innings.

“I’m very proud of them in that aspect,” said head coach Jill Malina. “We have really good hitters, it’s just that they need that confidence. I told them it was now or never, you’re going to get run-ruled, and we never want to get run-ruled.” 

Trailing 20-3 in the bottom of the fourth, the message resonated, and the Mountain Lions managed an eight-run fifth inning, led by Justyne Coffey, who tripled to deep center to send in Ashley Rivera, and then earned two more RBIs late in the inning after her near-homer advanced Ariana Teyechea and Rivera home. 

Both teams were scoreless in the sixth inning. The Dorados would earn three more runs in the seventh after a Mountain View error on an overthrown ball gave the Dorados two unearned runs. Knight collected her final RBI on a pop fly to give Samantha Nettling the game’s final run.

Nicholson said the team’s continued success this year will rely on continuing to find the best players for positions vacated by last year’s graduating seniors.

“It has a lot to do with finding where players are going to play well defensively,” she said. “The outfield is up for grabs. Last year we had all seniors out there, and now a lot of freshman are filling those spots and getting a lot of playing time.”

The Dorados improve to 11-1 on the season, while the Mountain Lions now sit at 9-4.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

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

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

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

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

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

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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