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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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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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