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Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 9:56 am | Updated: 9:58 am, Wed May 7, 2014.

Ironwood Ridge overcame a pair of four-run deficits, and Skyler Bracety had a pair of clutch hits, to beat Tucson High 8-7 in 11 innings in the Division II State Softball Playoffs.

Down 7-6 heading to the bottom of the 11th, the host Nighthawks had one more comeback in them. They tied the game on a wild pitch, then Bracety hit a sharp grounder past the first baseman to earn the walk-off win.

Neither team scored in the first two innings, though Ironwood Ridge stranded two in the bottom of the second. The Badgers struck with two runs in the third and two more in the fifth.

Down 4-0 it looked bleak for the Nighthawks as their bats had been held mostly silent. They had just one hit and two total base runners heading into the inning but Lexi Orth led off the inning with a double and Erin Rocker hit the first of her two home runs to cut the Badger lead in half.

Briana Daniels pushed the Tucson High lead back to four with her two-run home run in the sixth, but Rocker answered again on the bottom half of the inning. Robyn Porter hit a liner to left that died suddenly and got by the diving outfielder. The ball squirted to the wall and Porter scooted to second for a double. Orth walked and the Badgers decided to pitch to Rocker. Rocker got a hold of a high pitch and with the win blowing out to center, the ball soared out of the ballpark for a three-run homer.

The Nighthawks were down to their final out in the seventh, but rallied to send the game into extra innings. Bondi hit a one out single and moved to second on a groundout. Skyler Bracety hit a double to the gap and Bondi raced home to even the game at six.

Nighthawks pitcher Emily Robinson did not have her best stuff, but was strong towards the end, giving up just a single run in the final five innings.

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