After struggling in their first game of the postseason, Ironwood Ridge quickly figured things out and beat rival CDO 17-0 on Thursday. Just 48 hours earlier it took the Nighthawks 11 innings to beat Tucson High, but on Thursday everything clicked for Rich Alday’s squad.
The key to the win was an 11 run fifth inning. The Nighthawks combined big hits with uncharacteristically sloppy play by the Dorados. CDO surrendered 16 hits and committed six errors in the five-inning contest. Erin Rocker and Lexi Adelberg each hit home runs, for Rocker it is her third of the postseason.
Pitcher Emily Robinson struggled in Tuesday’s win over Tucson High, but was sharp against the Dorados, giving up just a pair of hits in five innings of work.
The Nighthawks next face No. 1 Verrado on May 12 in the Phoenix area and are three straight wins away from a state title in the double-elimination bracket.
CDO drops to the elimination bracket, and will face Kellis on Saturday. They can still win a state title but would need six -straight wins to get a title.