HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: CDO 11, IRONWOOD RIDGE 6

Comeback puts CDO in softball title game

Dorados score 10 runs in fifth, sixth innings, overcome 5-1 deficit
2012-05-12T00:00:00Z 2012-05-12T00:28:39Z Comeback puts CDO in softball title gameDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 12, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The records will always show that Ironwood Ridge won three of its five games against Canyon del Oro during the 2012 season.

The scene at Cherry Field at about 8:30 p.m. Friday night showed something totally different.

The Dorados rallied from a 5-1 deficit, scoring 10 runs in the fifth and six innings combined and topped the Nighthawks 11-6 in the semifinals of the Division II state tournament.

CDO (32-5) advanced to play Peoria Sunrise Mountain on Monday night at Arizona State for the state championship. Ironwood Ridge finished the season with a 31-6 mark and will have to wait until 2013 for another shot at the Dorados.

"Ironwood is a great team," CDO senior Kayla Bonstrom said. "Every time we play them, it's a battle until the end. We respect them because they are a phenomenal club and they play with a lot of heart."

The final tally of five games between the two rivals reads CDO 35, Ironwood Ridge 34.

The five-run differential in Friday night's game was the largest of any of the five games this season, and in four of the five games, there was at least one lead change.

The Nighthawks would like another shot. The Dorados are ready for the title game.

"Rivalries are always tough," CDO coach Stephanie Nicholson said. "I know how tough it is to beat that team. It means so much to be here for my team and see it through."

Added I-Ridge coach Randy Anway: "When you're at the top of the mountain, it happens," the coach said about playing CDO five times. "We were happy to be here and happy to play them five times. There are a lot of teams that aren't playing right now."

The Nighthawks grabbed the lead in the third inning when catcher Robin Landrith connected on a three-run home run. They stretched the lead with a solo homer from Robyn Porter in the fourth and another run in the fifth.

Then, it was all CDO.

Designated player Makenzie Sullivan started the rally with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth after Bonstrom walked and Samantha Nettling singled.

After two more singles, senior left fielder Katelin Vaughn hit a three-run shot for her first homer of the season, giving the Dorados a 7-5 lead.

"It looked like she has been hitting them her whole life," Nicholson said. "I thought she was going to jump out of her shoes."

The Dorados added four more in the sixth, getting RBIs from Nettling, shortstop Briana Dohogne, right fielder Hannah Sullivan and another from Vaughn.

"We hit the ball hard, one through nine," said Bonstrom, who finished 1 for 1 with a home run, three walks and three runs scored. "Everyone has a hot bat right now."

Landrith led the way for the Nighthawks, going 2 for 2 with a homer, a double and two walks.

"It's been great coaching this group," Anyway said. "It's been a joyous four years with them. They are great student athletes and great individuals."

Up next

• What: Canyon del Oro vs. Peoria Sunrise Mountain

• Where: Farrington Softball Stadium, Tempe

• When: 5:30 p.m. Monday

• Streaming video: aia365.com

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