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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 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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