Pick of the Preps: Talented CDO, I-Ridge becoming familiar foes

2013-04-01T00:00:00Z Pick of the Preps: Talented CDO, I-Ridge becoming familiar foesDaniel Gaona Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 01, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Canyon del Oro's baseball team knocked off Ironwood Ridge 9-4 at home on Wednesday, handing the Nighthawks their first regular-season loss.

Now the rivals will play again for the second time in less than a week.

That matchup highlights this first week of April, with the state tournament for most spring sports, including baseball, less than a month away.

Here's a look at what to watch for around town this week:

Tuesday

Baseball: The Dorados and Nighthawks will meet for the second time in seven days at Ironwood Ridge for a 4 p.m. game

Canyon del Oro (12-4) has won eight straight games and is ranked 13th in Division II. Meanwhile, Ironwood Ridge (14-3) is undefeated at home and ranked 18th , but it has gone 3-3 since an 11-0 start.

The Dorados scored all nine runs in the first three innings of their meeting last week, with the help of a home run from senior Brandon Burke.

Wednesday

Boys tennis: Pueblo travels to Flowing Wells for a 4 p.m. match that could help its chances of making the Division II state tournament.

The Warriors (6-2) are ranked 18th and have won three straight. They have six matches left in the regular season, four of which are on the road starting with a trip to Sahuarita on Tuesday.

With a win there and a win over the Caballeros, who they beat 5-4 on March 19, Pueblo could be in the top 16 and on track to qualify for state.

Thursday

Softball: Nogales will travel to Sunnyside for a 6 p.m. inter-division game between two likely state tournament teams.

The Apaches (13-6-1) have won five of their last six games and are ranked 25th in Division II, while the Blue Devils (14-5) are 11th in Division I and have won five straight.

The two teams will face off again four days later, only this time in Nogales.

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