Red Mountain, Ironwood Ridge win softball titles

Red Mountain players celebrate after defeating Mountain Ridge to claim their fifth consecutive state softball championship.

The drive for five is complete, as Mesa Red Mountain won its state-record fifth consecutive state softball title Monday night, routing Glendale Mountain Ridge 8-1 in the Division I championship game at Farrington Stadium in Tempe.

Pitcher Breana Macha earned her fourth consecutive state title game victory for the Mountain Lions (30-6-1), who had to win five straight games in the tournament after being forced into the losers’ bracket by Chaparral in the opening round of double-elimination play. Macha allowed seven hits, all singles, and took a shutout into the seventh, by which point the game was well in hand.

Macha also contributed offensively. After Red Mountain catcher Jordan Beck doubled in the second inning of a scoreless game, Macha came up and hit the first pitch she saw off the wall for a double of her own, plating Beck to make it 1-0. Macha then scored on McKenzy Gutierrez’s triple to make it 2-0.

Red Mountain added three runs in the fourth inning, which was capped by a two-run double by Alyssa Fernandez, and three more in the sixth, highlighted by a two-run single by Ashley Hill, to put the game out of reach.

Fourth-seeded Mountain Ridge was playing in its first-ever state title game. The Mountain Ridge had gone unbeaten through double-elimination play.

DIVISION II

Oro Valley Ironwood Ridge won its first-ever state softball title Monday night, holding on for a 2-1 win over rival Canyon del Oro at Farrington Stadium in Tempe.

The Nighthawks (28-7) had finished as state runner-ups three times — in 2008, 2011 and 2013 — before finally breaking through this year as the fifth seed.

Ironwood Ridge starter Emily Robinson allowed just five hits in a complete-game effort, with the one run allowed being unearned. She struck out four to finish the season 19-3.

The Nighthawks’ runs came on a bases-loaded walk to Lu Olson that drove in Skyler Bracety in the second inning, making it 1-0, and an RBI single by Robyn Porter that plated Reyna Bondi in the third to push the lead to 2-0.

Fourth-seeded Canyon del Oro (28-8) was playing for its eighth state title.

The Dorados got their lone run in the fourth, when Rebecca Ziegler scored on an outfield error following a single by teammate Monique Castillo.