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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:05 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

This season didn't start out well for the Ironwood Ridge baseball team. The Nighthawks, who made the 5A-II quarterfinals with a 17-14 record a year ago, opened up 2010 by losing their first four games.

All that changed for the Nighthawks in the Salpointe Lancer Baseball Classic during spring break. The Nighthawks won all five of their tournament games. Although the games did not count in the coveted power rankings, the Nighthawks win streak couldn't have come at a better time.

After beating Catalina 5-3, the Nighthawks defeated Blanchard, Okla., 16-8 and Cienega 6-5. Overall, they scored 41 runs, averaging just over eight per game. During their first four losses, the Nighthawks were outscored 43-20.

Junior Brandon Matthews is batting .440. The shortstop also had two hits in a game against unbeaten CDO, and he pitches.

"Matthews is probably our best hitter," said Nighthawks coach Jason Hisey.

Junior Zach Sweety is batting .429 with a team-leading seven walks for an on-base average of .600. Sweety plays the outfield and third base.

Hisey pointed out that the team has six seniors, including Alex Worden, Tyler Buntrock, Shane Johnston, Will Meyer, Mack Huff and Shane Johnston.

Worden, who plays catcher and first base, is hitting .355, good for third on the team. Matthews and Worden each batted over .400 last year.

"We haven't pieced together a whole game this year," Hisey said after the team fell to CDO to go to 0-4.

Hisey felt like the team had given the game away against CDO, and he was very displeased afterwards.

"We need to get better in all areas," Hisey said.

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HS Schedule

Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

Saturday, October 4

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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