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Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:15 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

After a disappointing 8-12 season a year ago, Ironwood Ridge softball coach Randy Anway has seen immediate improvement in this young campaign.

The Nighthawks have some good young hitters in the heart of their batting order.

"Robin Landrith is our third-place hitter," said Anway, in his eighth season. "Sarah Rodriguez is the cleanup hitter. Makayla McAdams hits well."

McAdams tripled in a 10-5 loss to Canyon Del Oro last Friday, while Rodriguez and Erin Satterfield each hit doubles.

"Pitching is the biggest concern," Anway said. "We hope our defense holds up."

The Nighthawks have three pitchers at this point, sophomore Makayla McAdams, freshman Sarah Rodriguez and sophomore Nicole Reidhead.

"We have a freshman and two sophomores," Anway said. "We need to get better command of our pitches."

Kataryna Banks is the lone senior.

"We're young and at times we show it," Anway said. Case in point was the recent loss to CDO.

"We stunk up defensively, which is not the norm," Anway said. The Nighthawks made six errors.

"We had 10 hits today, but two of theirs went over the fence (both by CDO's Kayla Bonstrom)."

At this point, Anway believes his team is making good strides, and the CDO loss was not typical of the way the team has played early in the year.

The prior week, the Nighthawks defeated Catalina Foothills 12-4, and won at Nogales, 26-0.

Satterfield homered against Foothills, while Jordan Rocker, Landrith and Banks all doubled.

In the win over Nogales, Rodriguez homered. Satterfield, Rachel Low, Landrith and Banks each hit doubles. 

"We're in a tough region with teams like Salpointe and Buena," Anway said. "If you don't come to play on any given day, you're going to get beat.

"It's good for state," Anway said. "It better prepares us for competition. Hopefully, we'll continue to get better. That starts in practice."

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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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