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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:00 am

The 2012 softball and baseball seasons are entering the homestretch, with only two weeks left in the regular season. There are some clear favorites that are getting ready to make a playoff run.

Softball

Canyon Del Oro is leading the race with an 18-4 record, ranking them seventh in the state. So far, the Dorados have dominated competition within their region with a 6-1 record.

The Dorados, the reigning state champions, have been led by the strong play and pitching of Alexis Alfonso.

The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks have earned a 15-4 record thus far. They are ranked 11th in state, and have had their struggles in their region with a 4-2 record.

The Mountain View Mountain Lions, currently 10-4 and 4-1 in region have had their ups and downs this season. They have dominated weaker opponents, but struggle when it comes to superior opponents. When the Mountain Lions win, they win big.

The Marana Tigers have a 7-7 record and have been solid with a 4-2 record within their region. They currently aren’t ranked in the top 50 in the state and need to string together some wins to make a run in the playoffs.

Baseball

As the softball season winds down, so does baseball season. These closing weeks are crucial for each team with such a close race for the top seed.

The Mountain View Mountain Lions are leading the way with a 15-5 record, 6-2 within the region. There is no room for error at this point in the season and the Mountain Lions must maintain their strong play.

The Marana Tigers, 13-5 and 4-2 in their region have been slipping of late. The Tigers will have to return to their strong play if they want to pass the Mountain Lions.

Ironwood Ridge has been solid, with a 13-5 record, 5-3 in their region. Behind Mountain View and tied with Marana, the Nighthawks have their work cut out for them.

Canyon Del Oro is trailing the pack with a 13-6 record, 6-3 in their region.

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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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