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Athlete of the Week: Corey Fujimoto

Dorado catcher a cog in title run

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Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:23 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Canyon Del Oro's Len Anderson, head coach of the newly crowned 4A-I state champion baseball team, had a lot to be happy about after Friday's come-from-behind victory semifinal win over Phoenix Sandra Day O'Connor.

When asked about junior catcher Corey Fujimoto's role on the team, Anderson makes it clear he's been happy for quite some time.

"He's the kind of guy, that when you coach for 30 years, you don't get too many like him," said Anderson. "He's a very quiet guy, but he always plays hard."

Fujimoto's play in the nail-biting, last-inning semifinal win at Tempe Diablo Stadium was stellar on both sides of the plate, but his defense helped CDO prevent runs that might have otherwise been game-winners for the Eagles.

The junior threw out two runners attempting to steal second base, was a part of two pickle situations at third, both resulting in outs, and did not allow a passed ball all game.

In addition, Fujimoto calls all the Dorados' pitches, because, as Anderson stated simply, "we trust him."

The throw-downs were part of a strategy developed before the game, according to Fujimoto.

"We knew they were a running team coming into it," he said after the game. "I was just trying not to overthrow the ball – I haven't thrown out a lot of runners this year, so this was a pretty big game for me."

On offense, although Fujimoto did not record a hit, he reached base twice, both times the result of being plunked by O'Connor pitcher Bryce Keffler.

Fujimoto responded to this seemingly painful way of generating offense with a typically understated response.

"Just taking it for the team," he said with a smile.

That kind of selflessness and commitment to the Dorados helped the team hoist the championship trophy, and Anderson is looking forward to more of the same in the future from his catcher.

"He's the consummate teammate," said Anderson. "Everybody loves him."

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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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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