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CDO girls are state champs

Win marks fourth championship in last five years

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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:00 am | Updated: 3:34 pm, Wed May 18, 2011.

This year, the Canyon Del Oro High School Dorados girls softball team (35-1) took all of the drama out of their 4A-I state title quest in winning for the fourth time in the last five years.

Last year, the Dorados in the first year of the post-Kenzie Fowler era, came within a strike of the state title game before falling short.

This year, they steamrolled the opposition, as they outscored their last three playoff opponents, 30-3.

In Saturday’s title game at Cherry Field in Tucson, the top-seeded Dorados defeated the sixth-seeded Cienega Bobcats, 11-1.

Senior Marissa Spangler’s second homer of the day clinched the title for the Dorados in the fifth inning. It was quite a feat considering that Spangler didn’t start the game, but she still managed to hit two home runs after coming in off the bench.

Sammi Noland, Katelin Vaughn and Mattie Fowler also homered for CDO. For Fowler, it was her 17th of the season, a school record. Fowler’s pitching wasn’t too bad either. Starting each of the final three playoff games, she surrendered a mere three runs despite the challenging competition.

“We knew this team was special,” said CDO coach Kelly Fowler, Mattie’s mother. “They love the game.”

Did last season’s heartbreaking loss make this year’s team more determined?

“That loss hurt last year,” Kelly Fowler said. “One strike away. The players put in the work and effort (this year). They wanted each other to do well.”

CDO had advanced to the title game by destroying Sahuaro 13-1. Fowler homered twice, while Spangler, Briana Dohogne and Sammi Nettling each homered in that game, another 10-run mercy rule win.

Last Tuesday, in their last home game of the season, the Dorados defeated Scottsdale Saguaro 6-1 in a truly electric atmosphere. Several newspapers and television stations covered the game. The bleachers were packed, and some of the CDO football players who lost the state title game to Scottsdale Saguaro in the fall were at the game to provide encouragement. Also in attendance was former CDO and current University of Arizona pitching star Kenzie Fowler.

The Dorados displayed great pitching, defense and baserunning on Tuesday. The only thing missing were the offensive fireworks.

“Not all of our hitters hit,” said coach Fowler. “I though our defense was amazing. Sammi Noland at third base was incredible.”

In addition to great defense, Noland also had two perfectly placed bunt singles.

Kayla Henry got three singles and wreaked havoc with an infield hit and a stolen base; her heads-up baserunning also led to some opposition errors.

“I try to lead off and let my team get me in,” Henry said. “I use my speed.”

The Dorados scored four runs in the first two innings with singles, Henry’s baserunning, and Sahuaro errors.

Meanwhile, Mattie Fowler carried a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning before she surrendered a solo home run.

“The crowd helped so much,” Fowler said. “It makes it a lot better.”

The Dorados gave Fowler some cushion to work with as they scored two more runs in a wild fifth inning.

Henry opened with a single and stole second base. With one out, Fowler singled her home. Then, Fowler stole second, and was singled home by Brianna Dohogne to make it 6-1.

Coach Fowler was impressed by the audience’s support.

“It was an awesome crowd.”

The seniors were very instrumental as a team well-seasoned with seven seniors lost only once all year.

Fowler, Henry, Spangler, Katherine Peters, Emily McSherry, Kylie Raica and Angela Cilano will never forget their final high school game.

“They’re more mature,” Kelly Fowler said. “You get better with age.”

But credit also needs to be distributed to some less visible people.

“The unsung heroes are the coaches,” Fowler said. “Gale Bundrick and Kevin Glynn. They put in as much time as me. They’re the glue to the team.”

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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)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

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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