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Ironwood Ridge softball heads to state championships

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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.

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In Division II, top-seeded Sunrise Mountain has allowed just one run in four tournament games, shutting out its last three opponents. No. 4 Ironwood Ridge, which has scored 21 runs in its last three wins, hopes to break that streak.

"This is our best balanced team of speed and power," said Ironwood Ridge coach Randy Anway, told AZCentral. "Our two leadoff hitters are lightning fast."

Ironwood Ridge will be playing a tough Sunrise Mountain team, ranked first in Division II, on Monday night.

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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.

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