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Dorados have no answer to Falcons pitching ace

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Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:16 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Catalina Foothills (21-11) edged the defending 4A-I state champion CDO baseball team, 4-3, in Friday's semi-final, ending the season for the top-seeded Dorados (28-3).

Strangely, the 12th-seeded Falcons handed the Dorados two of their three losses.

"I think both teams are fairly similar," said CDO coach Len Anderson.

Falcons 6-foot-5 hurler Preston Jamison was the pitching culprit for the second time this year.

"We didn't have much of an answer for Preston Jamison," Anderson said.

The Dorados had to rely on other pitching options after Bubba Metz pitched a complete-game win over Sunrise Mountain, 8-2, last Wednesday.

Luke Parish-Ward started and kept the score tied at two through the first four innings.

"They did a great job," Anderson said. "Our pitchers gave us a chance to win."

The problems for CDO began in the fifth. Parrish-Ward was actually one out away from a 1-2-3 inning before he walked two batters. After yielding a run-scoring single to give Foothills a 3-2 lead, Parrish-Ward was replaced by Hayden Cota-Robles.

The first batter the reliever faced hit another run-scoring single to make it 4-2.

In their last at-bat, Ryan Gerber homered to make it 4-3, and Corey Fujimoto singled with two outs to provide hope, before Jamison got the final out.

"He made big pitches whenever he needed to," Anderson said.

The Dorados out-hit the Falcons, 7-6. Gerber had three hits, while Alan Drake added two more.

In the win over ninth-seeded Sunrise Mountain, Bubba Metz pitched the whole game. The Dorados scored all eight of their runs in the fifth inning. Gerber had two hits.

"A lot of people contributed," Anderson said. "Just like all season.We take a team approach. One of our philosophies is no one's above the team."

This year's Dorados actually won more games, 28, than last year's title team, which was 24-7. Overall, CDO was ranked ninth in Arizona, according to Max Preps.

Coach Anderson said he is very proud for his 11 seniors, who were all key parts of a team that went 52-10 over the last two years.

"The seniors did everything expected of them," he said. "They practiced well. The outcome is not the most important thing, it's the process."

Gerber broke a school record for hits with 63, batted .512, and scored a team-leading 46 runs. Five other seniors were at .400 or close.

Ryan Cota batted .464, Drake .458, Fujimoto .427, Cota-Robles .416, and pitching ace Metz batted .392. Fujimoto led the team with 47 runs batted in, while Gerber had 45 RBIs.

In 5A-II double elimination play, the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks (21-11) were eliminated after a 10-8 loss to Marcos de Niza. They finished 2-2 in the tournament.

A 10-run inning in the fourth came back to haunt the Nighthawks.

"A guy hit a two-run homer with two outs," said coach Jason Hisey.

"We came back with four in the next inning," Hisey said. "The strength of our team was offense."

Brandon Matthews batted .444 to lead the Nighthawks. Zach Sweety batted .439, and Alex Worden hit .397.

"Pitching and defense have work to do," Hisey said. "Our team ERA was over 4.50. Our fielding percentage was .925."

"Both can improve quite a bit (next year)."

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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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