Already up 1-0 on top-ranked Ironwood Ridge in the bottom of the first, Alexis Kaiser stepped up to the plate in what could only be described as another huge at bat between the two rivals and delivered on a bases-clearing double to give No. 2 Canyon del Oro a 4-0 lead. It was a lead the Dorados would never give up and CDO went on to defeat the Nighthawks 5-3.
The Ironwood Ridge/Canyon del Oro softball rivalry is not only confined by the five miles that separate the two schools, it has become a state-wide and national event. Amazingly, when the dust cleared, and Kaiser was standing alone at second base, word came down that the Dorados had moved up two spots in the MaxPreps national rankings from No. 10 to No. 8….
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