Canyon Del Oro starting right-hander pitcher Dante Schindler was overpowering Tuesday in a game of unbeaten teams at Salpointe Catholic High School.
CDO (8-0) defeated Salpointe 5-1 to remain undefeated while the Lancers are now 7-1. With the victory, CDO should be in an ideal position pending the AIA power rankings that come out Thursday.
Schindler, who is 3-0 and bound for Pima College next season, controlled the pace of the game, finishing with 10 strikeouts and allowing only 4 hits.
The CDO Baseball Wall of Fame includes MLB players like Colin Porter, Jason Stanford, Shelley and Chris Duncan, Scott Hairston, Ian Kinsler, and Brian Anderson. On Tuesday night, Schindler seemed to be channeling some of their greatness from the mound.
CDO head coach Jason Hisey, who who pitched at Arizona for Jerry Kindall from 1987 to 1991, knows a good pitcher when he sees one.
“He played great,” Hisey said. “Dante’s that high school type pitcher where you give him the ball at four o’clock, and you come back and get it at 6 o’clock.
“He’s a tremendous competitor, he’s got three quality pitches that he can throw for a strike, pretty much in any count.”
Schindler’s performance was dominant all game, but he was at his best in both the second and seventh innings in which he swiftly struck out the sides. Salpointe especially had issues with his change-up pitch.
“To those lefty batters in the middle of the lineup, there’s probably like four or five of them, we really like working change-up, and tonight they just couldn’t hit that pitch so it was just a natural pitch to go to,” said Schindler.
Schindler credits Hisey for his sucess on the mound this season.
“Hisey’s the genius behind it all,” Schindler said. “He’s the one calling all the pitches, he knows what works for me, and I think that really helps that were on the same page.”
If Schindler continues pitching at such a high level for the remainder of the season, he has a chance to be on the same page as some of the great baseball players who have played at CDO over the years.
Senior Jayden Bracy went 2-4 with 3 RBIs, while senior Andrew Stucky and junior Marcus Delgado each had an RBI for the Dorados. Salpointe scored their run on an RBI single from senior Cade McGee.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com writing intern Kevin Murphy was born and raised in Tucson, and has followed Arizona Wildcats athletics since childhood. He is currently attending Pima Community College where he writes for the Aztec Press. Next semester he will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU where he will work towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies.