Softball: Salpointe picks up win in rivalry game with CDO

Jordan Johnson went 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Alyssa Aguilar picked up an important win over Canyon del Oro Tuesday night in a rivalry that has determined three straight 4A championships. The 8-2 victory over the Dorados improved Salpointe’s record to 8-0 on the year and in perfect position pending the release of the first AIA power rankings slated to be posted on Thursday but both squads know the playoffs are much too far down the road to worry about.

The Dorados beat Salpointe three times in 2017, including a 7-0 victory in the semifinals that year, and then Canyon del Oro followed that up with the ninth state title in programs history a few days later. It was also the third for head coach Kelly Fowler. The Lancers turned the tables in 2018 with a 3-1 record against the Dorados, including twice in the playoffs with a 2-0 win in the semifinals. That victory led to the third state title for Salpointe and the first for head coach Amy Rocha. Salpointe went 2-0 against Canyon del Oro in 2019 and Rocha won her second title and the fourth for the program overall…


Kinyon Holt (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)


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