One good inning was all the Canyon del Oro baseball team needed to wipe away a year's worth of frustration against visiting Catalina Foothills.
Last year the Falcons beat CDO twice by three runs, but on Tuesday the Dorados got a measure of revenge, scoring nine runs in the second en route to a 15-5 victory in five innings.
"We've had a couple of tough losses to them, at least I have, in the past," CDO catcher Cooper Smith said. "We don't like them as much, so it makes for a nice in-town rivalry that we've got going."
CDO jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Foothills tied it in the second before the Dorados' bats came to life.
Senior Logan France started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an RBI single. After a Troy Kunow single, Smith turned on an inside fastball and sent it over the left field wall to give his team a 5-1 lead. Smith finished the game 3 for 3 - a triple shy of the cycle.
CDO - which tacked on five more runs in the second - figured out Falcons pitcher Ryan Gray's arsenal early, sitting on curves and driving fastballs into the gaps. The Dorados finished with eight hits in the inning to take a 10-1 lead.
"Hitting is very contagious," first-year CDO coach Stephen Ambuehl said. "The guys did a good job, one through nine in the order, of just going up there and … getting the barrel on the ball and having good at-bats."
The Falcons tried to start a comeback, scoring three in the third and another in the fourth, but CDO came back with three runs in the fourth and finally two more in the fifth to complete the game.
Now the Dorados will turn their attention to Thursday's game against Sahuaro. They beat the Cougars in both their games last year, but not without exchanging some words in the process.
"There's always a little smack talk between us and Sahuaro," France said. "They're a good team, and we like playing them. It's always a good game."