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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 4:43 pm, Wed May 16, 2012.

The Canyon Del Oro Dorados breathed a sigh of relief after mounting a comeback to defeat the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks on Friday night at Cherry Field. With the win, the Dorados advanced to Monday night’s Division II state softball championship game at Arizona State University’s Farrington Stadium, where they faced Peoria Sunrise Mountain.

Friday’s game marked the second time rivals CDO and Ironwood Ridge met in the tournament.  In the first go-around, Ironwood edged CDO 9-8 to send the Dorados to the loser’s bracket. Despite the loss, the Dorados avoided double elimination by defeating Gila Ridge and Sabino to set up the rematch with the Nighthawks, who suffered their first loss to Peoria Sunrise Mountain on May 9.

“We knew we were going to come back up from the loser’s bracket, and anyone that got in our way, heaven help them,” said CDO coach Stephanie Nicholson.

Down 5-1 leading into the bottom of the fifth inning, it was the Dorados who needed help after a three-run homer by Robin Landrith and a solo homer by Robyn Porter gave the Nighthawks the edge.

Thanks largely to Makenzie Sullivan and Katelin Vaughn, the Dorados got that help.

With Kayla Bonstrum and Samantha Nettling on base, Sullivan smacked a three-run homer out of the park to close the deficit to one run.

“I had a bad first at bat, and I wasn’t going to let that happen again,” said Sullivan. “I made a mental adjustment the second time around and it worked out.”

Sullivan’s homer gave the Dorados the needed momentum. Down 5-4, Vaughn connected with a three-run homer of her own to give the Dorados a 7-5 advantage.

“I just had this feeling about Katelin tonight,” said Nicholson. “I had faith she was going to do something big tonight, and she did.”

Still, the Nighthawks refused to go down easily, pulling within one after Jordan Rocker smacked one into deep centerfield, allowing Merilee Miller to narrowly beat the throw at home, bringing the score to 7-6.

But the Dorados’ bats were just too hot. They earned four more runs in the bottom of the sixth to build an 11-6 lead, and Bonstrom sealed the deal with a game winning strikeout to send the Dorados into celebration and contention for a repeat state championship.

“I’m looking to add another ring to these fingers,” said senior Hannah Sullivan. “We’re looking forward to winning it all at state again.”

Ironwood Ridge finished the season with a 31-6 record and looks to rebound with another state championship run in 2013.

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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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