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So. Arizona softball teams still alive

Ironwood Ridge and Sunnyside won Elimination games in Conference 5A
Sabino is back in the state softball championship game for the first time in 14 years.
Sabino is back in the state softball championship game for the first time in 14 years.(Photo courtesy: Sabino Athletics)
Updated: May. 5, 2019 at 1:59 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Ironwood Ridge Softball survived Elimination Saturday.

The 3rd seed Nighthawks beat rival #7 Mountain View 7-3 at Amphitheater High School to remain alive in the Conference 5A state tournament.

Rachel Hirschfeld and Jaiden Reid each had a pair of RBI for IRHS to back a solid outing in the circle by Shelby Thompson.

The Nighthawks broke a 2-2 tie against the Mountain Lions (19-10) with a four-run 4th inning.

Ironwood Ridge (22-6) will play again Thursday at the Rose Mofford Complex in Phoenix against the loser of Tuesday’s Bracket A quarterfinal between 9th seed Willow Canyon and 3rd seed Horizon.

#4 seed Sunnyside (19-5) also stayed alive with an Elimination game 11-0 run-rule win over Sunnyslope.

The Blue Devils will play the loser of Tuesday’s Bracket B quarterfinal between 6th seed Empire and #2 seed Peoria Centennial.

In Conference 3A, Sabino advances to the state championship game with a 3-0 win over Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.

The 7th seed Sabercats (21-3) will play #4 seed Snowflake at ASU’s Farrington Stadium at 7:45 Monday night.

The Lobos ended Sahuarita’s run at a second straight state title with a 3-2 victory.

Sabino will be looking for their third state championship and first since 2005.

In other games:

  • (4A) Vista Grande 12, Douglas 2
  • (2A) #1 Benson 10, Arizona Lutheran 0
  • (2A) Morenci 2, San Manuel 1

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