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As it heads into the thick of Central Region play, the Camp Verde High School baseball team rounded out some of the tougher games on its schedule that head coach Will Davis thought would be a good test for his team.

The Cowboys [5-2] fell at Conference 3A Payson High School 12-9 on Saturday, March 25, after having beaten 2A Scottsdale Preparatory Academy 13-1 on Friday, March 24.

Nine errors spoiled the Camp Verde High School softball team’s outing against visiting Bourgade Catholic High School, falling 9-2 on March 14.

The Cowboys [5-4] got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but mistakes in the middle innings allowed the Golden Eagles to come away with the win.

After suffering its first loss of the season to rival Chino Valley High School, the Camp Verde High School baseball team has bounced back with six straight victories, most recently a 13-1 mercy-rule win at Bourgade Catholic High School on Tuesday, March 14.

The Cowboys [3-1] are undefeated in tournament play this season with 10 wins, although they do not count toward their official record.

In sports, especially baseball, the mental preparation of a team can be just as important, if not more so than its physical preparation.

Such was the case in Camp Verde High School’s baseball team’s first loss of the season, 11-3, to rival Chino Valley High School.

Coming off of a state championship game appearance a year ago, it is no wonder that Camp Verde High School’s softball team is off to a 3-0 start in official games this season.

After a 7-5 win over visiting Chino Valley High School on March 6, the Cowboys have outscored their opponents 39 to nine, but there is still room to grow, mostly in the finer details of the game.

Sixteen runs in the first two innings propelled the Camp Verde High School baseball team to 19-0 thrashing of visiting Wickenburg High School in four innings on Thursday, March 2.

Cowboys senior pitcher Carson Zale had a big day on the mound and in the batters box, giving up three hits, striking out five and walking two for the complete game shutout. He hit his second home run of the week, and his career, to go three for three with three RBIs and two runs scored.

The 2017 Camp Verde High School golf team may field a lineup filled with young and relatively inexperience golfers, but, according to head coach Christian Fuller, “they have fun, they want to learn.”

In their first match, the Cowboys shot 260 to finish fourth of four teams during the nine-hole round played Thursday, March 2, at Verde Santa Fe. Fuller said a number of players are still working on the basics.

After an Arizona Interscholastic Association Division IV championship game appearance in 2016, the Camp Verde High School softball team is off to a strong start in 2017, winning its season opener 15-2 in five innings against Mayer High School on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The Cowboys [2-0] took down Wickenburg High School the following day 17-2.

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