´Toppers open season with tough test

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Baseball: LA contending with injuries early but is optimistic younger guys will step it up in 2012

Say one thing about the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team: it’s not easing into the season.
Limping into the season? Most definitely.
The Hilltoppers opened their 2012 campaign Saturday at with a doubleheader against Piedra Vista, the two-time defending state champion, which is rumored to have perhaps the best team it has ever had this year. Immediately in Los Alamos’ future is Los Lunas, a potential top-five team, before it opens its home season March 3 against Moriarty.
“I love it for us,” Los Alamos veteran manager Mike Gill said. “We may take our lumps, but it helps us get ready for district.”
Los Alamos should indeed be battle-tested for the start of the District 2-4A season, which gets going in just about a month. Los Alamos is the three-time defending district champ and thinks, despite a lot of new faces around the clubhouse, it can repeat.
There may be some personnel changes, but this season, there are also some major equipment changes.
Last year, the New Mexico Activities Association voted to make wooden bats standard throughout the state. Metal bats have long been the standard at the prep level but those are now gone.

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