Tucson High School Sports

Ironwood Ridge softball run-ruled Williams Field 14-4 on senior night

Frankie Lucio leads the 3rd-ranked Nighthawks. (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

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Winning region titles is all well and good but that plaque won’t buy a team a ticket to the 5A softball playoffs this year, but a high ranking will. Teams ranked 1-8 in the state will earn an automatic berth to the state playoffs and teams ranked 9-24 will have a one-game playoff in the 5A Conference Play-In Tournament to form the 16 teams needed for the state bracket.

Ironwood Ridge is 13-1 in power-ranking games and 7-0 in the 5A Southern Region but it’s the No. 3 ranking in the state that will carry the Nighthawks to the postseason and that ranking was solidified with a 14-4 win over No. 22 Williams Field (7-7, 2-5) Wednesday at home….

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As we first noted in 2017 and again in 2018, Ironwood Ridge standout infielder Diana Nisbett will continue to play for Great Britain this summer, but this time as a member of the Under-22 Women’s Fastpitch Team.

@IRHSSoftball standout Diana Nisbett will be playing for Great Britain for the third year in a row, something we’ve covered from the beginning #azpreps365 pic.twitter.com/hj96FE3Qip— Andy Morales (@AndyMorales8) April 11, 2019

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017 and he 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 and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com
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