Tucson tops CDO 8-2, will play Ironwood Ridge next


George Arias gave up, one earned run for the win (Andy Morales/

George Arias gave up, one earned run for the win (Andy Morales/

No. 9 Tucson defeated No. 6 Canyon del Oro 8-2 Thursday night to advance to the final game of the Division II Elimination Bracket where the Badgers will take on No. 10 Ironwood Ridge. Tucson and Ironwood Ridge will play each other on Saturday night at Amphitheater High School. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Some might call the Badger win a case of “redemption” while others will use the term “revenge” after the Dorados defeated Tucson in the playoffs twice last year including a 3-1 defeat in the D-II state championship game. (Actually, the rivalry goes back to 2002 when the Dorados beat the Badgers 8-6 to win the 5A title.)…


Southern Arizona Playoff Schedule

Thursday, May 12

Division II Baseball
No. 5 Greenway 5, No. 10 Ironwood Ridge 2
No. 9 Tucson 8, No. 6 Canyon del Oro 2

Division II Softball (Rose Mofford)
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge 5, No. 4 Cactus 3
No. 5 Arcadia 6, No. 6 Salpointe 3

Division II Boys Volleyball (Semifinals)
No. 3 Ironwood 3, No. 2 Cienega 2

Friday, May 13

Division III Baseball (Surprise)
No. 7 Sahuarita vs. No 6 San Luis (Semifinals), 6 p.m.

Division IV Baseball (Goodyear)
No. 1 Desert Christian vs. No. 4 Apache Junction (Semifinals), 6 p.m.

Division III Golf (First Round)
Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course, 10 a.m.

Jose Escarcega

Desert Christian
Johnny Gleason
Jordan Cisek
Matthew Boge
Nick Tucker
Palmer Hoffman

Bodhi Roether
Brendan Preuss
Dominic Evans
Racquel James
Will Vickery

Tanque Verde
Jake Livermore

Coby Hall
Derrick Chaffey
Logan Adams
Parker Osterman
Ricky Francis

Saturday, May 14

Division II Baseball (Elimination)
No. 9 Tucson vs. No. 10 Ironwood Ridge at Amphi, 7 p.m.

Division III Golf (Second Round)
Prescott Antelope Hills Golf Course, 7:30 a.m.

Monday, May 16

Division II Softball Championship (ASU)
No. 2 Ironwood Ridge vs. TBD, 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17

Division II Baseball Championship (Diablo Stadium)
No. 5 Greenway vs. Tucson/Ironwood Ridge winner. 4 p.m.
Fox Sports AZ tape delay/NFHS Network Live

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at


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