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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 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)

Swimming

Marana at Wolves Classic (Chandler High)

Girls Volleyball

CDO at Westwood Tournament of Champions

 

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