Canyon del Oro's 7-5 victory over Sabino in a losers bracket game at Cherry Field on Wednesday night was a far cry from the Dorados' offensive outburst in their third-round victory over the Sabercats.
After scoring 12 runs in the first matchup, CDO eliminated Sabino after being held to three hits through five innings and advanced to play Ironwood Ridge on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Cherry Field.
Sabercats pitcher Alyssa Fletcher looked to have the Dorados on the brink of elimination after Sabino rallied to erase a 5-1 deficit - scoring three in the fourth on a Haley Scheib bases-loaded triple and tying the game with one in the fifth.
But CDO designated player Makenzie Sullivan knocked a two-run single into left-center with two outs in the sixth to give the Dorados a 7-5 lead.
"We have to remember that everyone's a tough game," CDO coach Stephanie Nicholson said. "Luckily talent prevailed."
The two teams combined to commit six errors, and four of the Dorados' seven runs were unearned. Fletcher tossed six innings, allowing five hits, striking out three and walking five - three of which scored.
CDO pitcher Kayla Bonstrom struggled after tossing 4 2/3 dominant innings in relief in the teams' previous meeting. She allowed nine hits and five earned runs Wednesday while pitching a complete game, but she made big pitches when she needed to.
The Sabercats left 12 runners on throughout the night, leaving the bases loaded twice and stranding three more runners in scoring position.
"It was an off day," Bonstrom said. "Those happen. Hopefully we put it behind us, and we're on to the next one."
Sabino coach Jeff Fowler said it's disappointing to leave so many opportunities on the bases in a close game.
"A few things just didn't go our way tonight," Fowler said. "That's how it goes. We just have to get better and move on. … I don't think anybody thought we'd be this competitive."
Sabino got the scoring started in the first after a leadoff walk and an error were followed by an RBI double from catcher Callie McGarrigle, but the lead wouldn't last long.
CDO took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the frame, thanks to a throwing error that scored two.
Samanth Noland hit a solo home run in the second to give the Dorados a 4-1 lead.
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