The Ironwood Ridge High School Nighthawks react after defeating the Canyon Del Oro High School Dorados in the Division II State Championship playoff game Wednesday night 4-0. The Nighthawks advance and will play 7-seed Greenway at Rose Mofford Softball Complex in Pheonix on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play for the State Championship on Monday.
Last week, Nighthawk pitcher Emily Robinson had her third playoff shutout.
Ironwood Ridge’s Merilee Miller makes contact with the ball as she drag bunts.
Canyon Del Oro catcher Samantha Nettling makes a throw to first last week.
Canyon Del Oro third baseman Heather Knight hits the dirt after getting hit in the head with a ball off the bat.
Ironwood Ridge High School softball players run through a tunnel made by fans after they defeated CDO 4-0.
Ironwood Ridge’s Reina Bondi sets up for a bunt.
Makenzie Sullivan bobbles the ball off a bunt as Alexis Alfonso backs her up.
Canyon Del Oro shortstop Monique Castillo throws to first after she forces an out as Ironwood Ridge’s Kelsey Buechler slides into second base.
Ironwood Ridge’s Robyn Porter safely slides into home before Canyon Del Oro’s Samantha Nettling gets the tag at Cherry Field in a quarter finals Division ll game last week. Ironwood Ridge won 4-0 and went on to play for the state championship Monday.
Nighthawks’ Crista Braunreiter, left, and Loriann Olson celebrate after Olson scored last week.
The Ironwood Ridge High School Nighthawks react after defeating the Canyon Del Oro High School Dorados in the Division II State Championship playoff game Wednesday night 4-0.
At the top of the fifth inning, Canyon Del Oro was leading 11-1 over Salpointe as pitcher Alexis Alfonso sends the ball across the plate. The Dorados won and face Ironwood Ridge on Wednesday.
After a shot to the outfield by Canyon Del Oro senior Briana Dohogne, Ironwood Ridge’s left fielder Jordan Rocker, left, shortstop Erin Satterfield, center, and right fielder Merrilee Miller, right, come together trying to catch the ball.
Ironwood Ridge freshman Merrilee Miller slides safely into third as Canyon Del Oro senior Samantha Noland gains possession of the ball.
Dorado pitcher Kayla Bonstrom reacts as the last pitch of the game goes across the plate for a strike in the State semifinal game against Ironwood Ridge.
Dorado pitcher Kayla Bonstrom is congratulated as she crosses home plate after hitting one over the right field wall.
Ironwood Ridge High School’s right fielder Alexis Clinton bobbles the ball, but makes the catch in the fifth inning of Friday night’s state semifinal game.
Dorado sophomore Samantha Nettling makes a dash to third base in the second inning.
Ironwood Ridge freshman Merrilee Miller celebrates after the team gets the second out in the second inning.
CDO’s Monique Castillo goes after a ball hit over the fence by Ironwood Ridge’s Robyn Porter.
The CDO softball team celebrates after its 11-6 win over Ironwood Ridge in the state semifinal game Friday.
Dorado first baseman Dominique Gonzalez catches a throw made by pitcher Kayla Bonstrom.
Ironwood Ridge freshman Merrilee Miller throws the ball in after fielding it.