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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 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

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

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

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

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

Walden Grove at Pusch Ridge

Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

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

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge at Mt. Carmel Invitational (San Diego, CA)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

Saturday, September 20

Boys Golf

Catalina Foothills, Ironwood Ridge, CDO, at Phoenix Aguila Invitational (all day)

Cross Country

Marana at Old Pueblo Invite(Lincoln Park)

Mountain View at San Diego

Catalina Foothills, CDO at Ojo Rojo (Chandler, AZ)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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