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IRHS girls positioned for state win

Despite early struggle, team played well defensively

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Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:00 am

The Ironwood Ridge Nighthawks girls’ softball team has won its first two games of the 5A-II state softball playoffs.

The first two wins took place on a common field against common opponents. By virtue of their high seed (No. 3), the Nighthawks have gotten to host two games. Last Saturday, they defeated No. 14 Mountain View, 15-5.

The win marked the third time they had beaten the Mountain Lions in 2011. On Tuesday, they won at home over Sunnyside, 5-3. It marked their third win over the Blue Devils this year.

“Playing a team three times can be a challenge,” said Nighthawks coach Randy Anway.

In the two-loss elimination tournament, the Nighthawks next met No. 10 Chaparral on Saturday, May 7 at Sandra Day O’Connor Park. (see related story)

The win over the Blue Devils was a down-to-the wire battle. Taking a 5-3 lead into the seventh, Nighthawks’ pitcher Makayla McAdams (20-6) retired the first two batters, before a walk and an error put the tying runners on base.

But with the pressure on, McAdams fanned Devils’ cleanup batter Alexis Ayala to end the game.

The Nighthawks took the lead for good during a fifth-inning rally. Lauren Robinson doubled. With two down, Erin Satterfield belted a two-run homerun to tie it at three. Then, Jordan Rocker tagged base on an infield hit, before Robin Landrith doubled her home with the go-ahead run.

“We struggled early,” Satterfield said. “We rely on our hitting. Defensively we’ve been doing good.”

In a very well-played defensive game, Ridge made only one error, while Sunnyside had none.

Ironwood bats added an insurance run in the sixth, as the bottom half of the lineup produced.

Danielle Colwill and Alexis Clinton hit singles. With one down, Robinson hit an RBI single to give Ironwood a 5-3 lead.

“We came back and got the hits we needed,” McAdams said. “We made the plays we needed.”

Colwill, Clinton, and Robinson finished with two hits each for the home team.

Things started out slowly for the Nighthawks who managed only three hits and trailed 3-1 after four innings.

With two down in the Sunnyside third, Amanda Spradling singled. Adriana Rosthenhausler also singled. Then, came the at-bat of the game. Desaray Akins had an at-bat that seemed to last about 15 minutes, but was at least 10 pitches long.

She blasted two balls foul over the left-field fence, and fouled off others to stay alive. Finally, she got her pitch and nailed it over the center-field fence for a three-run home run and a 3-1 Sunnyside lead.

How did McAdams feel at that point?

“I was extremely concerned,” McAdams said. “They were getting on the pitches.”

McAdams, who picked up her 20th win of the season, also defeated Sunnyside for the third time. She did it by settling down to allow only two hits and two walks after the third.

McAdams allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in her seven innings. She struck out five.

The next time Akins came up, she was unintentionally walked. McAdams then retired Ayala on a grounder to end the threat.

“It’s a team sport,” Satterfield said. “We’re always there for each other.”

The Nighthawks effort was no more evident than on Satterfield’s jersey after the game. It was dirty from top to bottom, after she spent most of Tuesday’s game diving for anything near third base.

“I usually (get dirty) do,” Satterfield said.

Anway knows it doesn’t get any easier for his team as they go deeper into the playoffs. He knows that the Sunnyside win was no easy one.

“They’re a great team,” Anway said. “Pete (Palomarez) does an outstanding job. He has them mentally ready to play.”

What do the Nighthawks need to do to win the state title?

“Control the energy level,” Anway said. “Every team is a little different. I need to keep them mentally focused.”

What about playing on the road the rest of the tournament?

“I think we’ll be ready. It’s a mind-set.”

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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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