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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 4:00 am | Updated: 12:49 pm, Wed Aug 13, 2014.

By the bottom of the third inning, Canyon Del Oro’s Brandon Burke had grown tired of trading runs with the visiting inner-district rival Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks.

So, he did something about it.

With one out and two runners on, Burke nailed a three-run homer to give the Dorados a four-run lead – one the Nighthawks would never recover from.

“I was coming out ready to swing it,” said Burke. “It got us going in the dugout, and we fed off of that.”

The Dorados would go on to finish the inning with two more runs after Nick Ames connected at bat, sending Erick Migueles and Ryan Bronson home. 

“We’re keeping it up,” said Burke about the Dorados’ batting performance. “Ever since the Salpointe tournament we’ve been swinging it, and we brought it over into the power-point game today.”

The big third inning was exactly what the Dorados needed to calm down and play the game out.

“I think early on we were a little bit nervous or maybe just excited, knowing this was a big game,” said CDO coach Stephen Ambuehl. “Ironwood Ridge is a very good team, and they’re rolling off wins, but we had to protect our field. Once we got our feet under us, and put the pressure on them, our defense responded.”

That defense was led largely by sophomore pitcher Max Smith, who gave up just one run in the final four innings of play. 

“He never got rattled,” said Ambuehl. “He showed so much poise as a sophomore, and he’s proven he can play on this stage and throw against anybody.”

The Dorados ended the game by forcing three quick outs in the top of the seventh inning. 

Ambuehl says the win could mean big things for the confidence of the Dorados moving forward. 

“Every time we have notched a big win - that’s what we talk about most - is knowing that you belong on this stage,” he said. “You have to play well to win against good teams, and Ironwood Ridge is good, and that’s why we’re so happy to win this game.”

Despite the loss, the Nighthawks saw a big game from Travis Chavez, who hit one double and earned two runs to go with one RBI. 

Still, Nighthawks’ coach Dennis Toia said an entire team effort would be needed to beat the Dorados leading into their second meeting of the season, which took place at Ironwood Ridge yesterday afternoon.

“We need to be getting ahead, throwing strikes, and hitting clutch two-out hits – the same recipe that got us (this loss) today,” he said. “Our solid senior-led lineup and great work ethic will also have to play into it.”

The results of the second match were not available before press time.

The Dorados improve to 12-4 on the season, while the Nighthawks move to 14-3.

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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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