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IRHS, PRCA girls played hard but lost state titles

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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:00 am

It took the arms and legs of Glendale Deer Valley (30-6) pitcher Lauren Haegar to defeat the Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks girls’ softball team in the 5A-II state title game on Friday in Phoenix.

The Nighthawks entered the seventh inning tied 3-3, and then Haegar belted a solo home run for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Haegar finished the year with 20 home runs.

“We tried to walk her,” said IRHS coach Randy Anway, who is in his ninth season. “She reached out and hit it over the fence.”

On the mound, the senior hurler struck out 15 batters.

“She’s one of the toughest pitchers we’ve faced,” Anway said. “But we had our opportunities.”

Robin Landrith’s three-run home run in the third gave the Nighthawks a 3-1 lead.

Was Anway feeling confident about the state title happening at that point?

“We knew it was a seven-inning game,” Anway said. “We’ve played them before.”

A solo home run had tied it for Deer Valley in the sixth.

The loss doesn’t totally diminish the accomplishments of a Nighthawks team that won 30 games.

“It was a team effort,” Anway said. “Everyone played hard. It’s the best offensive team we’ve had. Nine different girls hit home runs. We had 45 total.”

The game marks the end of Dani Colwill’s career. She is the lone senior, which bodes well for the Nighthawks future.

The Nighthawks also lost the title game in 2008.

The second-seeded Pusch Ridge Christian Academy Lions (24-2) softball team also lost, in the 2A-state title game, bowing in Phoenix to top-ranked Benson on Saturday, 12-2.

“Benson is a very good team,” said Pusch Ridge coach Bob Vance. “They didn’t have any flaws.”

Kaycee Thompson hit a two-run home run for the Lions runs. Mariela Ramirez went 2-3 with two singles. On the defensive side, catcher Rachel Ellis threw out a would-be base-stealing threat.

The Lions advanced to the title game by virtue of defeating Bourcade, 8-4, on Friday.

Thompson went 3-4 in the win, and also hit a triple. Pitcher Corrie Ward, who had nine strikeouts in an earlier playoff win, was according to Vance “fantastic.”

Vance was happy with the Lions season.

“The way we played together was impressive,” Vance said. “It was more than a softball season. There were no squabbles.”

Vance said it was a very successful season. Pitcher Ward finished with a record of 20-2. Ellis had an excellent season behind the plate.

“We lost to the best team in the state,” Vance 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)


Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions


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