Dorado Softball Classic championship: O’Connor over CDO 3-2

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Freshman pitcher Faith Orton (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Freshman pitcher Faith Orton (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Feb. 26-28: Mike Jacob Sports Park

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Sandra Day O’Connor held on to defeat Canyon del Oro 3-2 Saturday to win the championship of the 21st Annual Dorado Classic held at the Mike Jacobs Sports Park in Marana.

The Eagles (6-1) lost to the Dorados during pool play but came into the final with a new mindset according to head coach Melissa Hobson.

“We have a great group and they have become a team in a real short time,” Hobson explained. “We have about 13 returning players and they have welcomed the new girls and have been really positive. We didn’t change anything from pool play, we told them to play hard and have fun.”

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BRACKET PLAY

Friday, Feb. 27
Phoenix O’Connor 14, Flowing Wells 1
Marana Mountain View 19, Palo Verde 0
Gilbert Mesquite 12, Rio Rico 6
Sabino 12 Scottsdale Cactus Shadows 11,
Chandler Basha 8, Desert View 2
Queen Creek 7, Marana 4
Canyon del Oro 10, Sahuarita 0
Sunnyside 11, Phoenix Shadow Mountain 2
Casa Grande Vista Grande 3, Rio Rico 0
Mesa Mountain View 8, Cholla 4

Saturday, Feb. 28
Cactus Shadows 11, Desert View 7
Marana 6, Sahuarita 1
Shadow Mountain 7, Rio Rico 6
Cholla 10, Coconino 3
O’Connor 11, Marana Mountain View 1
Basha 10, Sabino 4
Mesa Mountain View 7, Williams Field 2
Vista Grande 4, Sunnyside 3
CDO 10, Queen Creek 3
Flowing Wells 8, Palo Verde 1
Flowing Wells 14, Cactus Shadows 2
Shadow Mountain 8, Cholla 3
Marana 8, Shadow Mountain 6
O’Connor 11, Basha 4
Vista Grande 9, Mesa Mountain View 3
CDO 8, Vista Grande 0

Consolation Championship
Flowing Wells 5, Marana 4

Third Place
Basha 5, Vista Grande 3

Championship
O’Connor 3, CDO 2

Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AIA365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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