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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:56 am, Sun Jun 22, 2014.

Casino lurking isn’t the only way to win in northwest Arizona.

Canyon Del Oro Little League’s 10-11 All-Stars turned their Kingman road trip into a cross-town state championship victory, beating Pantano 6-0 on Friday.

After tinkering with his stance to correct an earlier bug, second baseman Hayden May cracked three homers as CDO’s leadoff hitter during the 10-day tourney. He led off last Friday’s first inning with a hard single, and later scored.

“It just came to me, and it felt pretty good,” May said.

CDO’s early rallies turned iconic. Eleven first-inning runs propelled them over Scottsdale Mountain View last Thursday, in a four-inning 21-3 semifinal win.

Team manager Brett Ames said almost every game saw seven CDO batters in the first inning. The team effort helped fuel Tuesday’s third-round four-inning 24-2 slam of Nogales.

“That’s Murderer’s Row when you get that going,” Ames said. “It’s unreal what was produced by (the whole team). Unreal.”

After his team’s bats cleared some breathing room last Friday, pitcher Nick Ames started to feel more confident on the mound and worked toward finishing a three-hit complete game.

But young Ames’ nerves eventually stirred, as CDO pared down to the championship game’s last out.

“I just told myself, ‘Clear your mind and forget everything around you, and just pitch,’” Nick said.

He did, and title ink dried on the books.

“It’s starting to soak in,” Nick said. “It feels really good to be number one in the state of Arizona.”

The youngsters outscored their opponents 83-16 in the state tournament, according to team records. Including scores from local All-Star tourneys, that figure swelled to a 180-20 tally.

“I was surprised, because there were a lot of good teams in (the tournament),” May said of the numbers.

With no regional playoff for their age bracket, the win wrapped CDO’s season.

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HS Schedule

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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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