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The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a pair of shutout victories at the very tough Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.
Los Alamos pitchers Steven Williams and Danny Finn pitched complete game shutouts on consecutive days to lead the team to the two wins. Williams gave up just five hits in an 8-0 victory over Class 5A Clovis Friday, while Finn, a freshman, allowed just two hits in a 4-0 win over Fruita, Colo., Saturday.
The tournament was held at historic Ricketts Park in Farmington, home of the Connie Mack World Series.
To open the tournament, the Hilltoppers fell in 13-7 against the Farmington Scorpions Thursday. Following that contest, the Hilltoppers picked up the win over Clovis Friday to advance to the fifth-place game.
Against Clovis’ Wildcats, Zeke Zumbro had a two out, two-run triple in the second inning to get the Hilltoppers going. In all, five Hilltoppers finished the contest with multi-hit games — Los Alamos finished with 11 hits in all — while Kyle Parks scored three runs and Austin Aslin scored a pair of runs.
Williams needed jut 86 pitches through his seven innings. He walked three and struck out three.
Against Fruita, Zumbro and Thomas Russell both had two RBI to aid Finn. Los Alamos finished with seven hits in Saturday’s contest.
Los Alamos’ pitching has been outstanding throughout the early part of the season and the team will have one of its best won-loss records (8-5) heading into District 2-4A play since joining Class 4A in 2000. Los Alamos has gone 7-2 since March 2.
District play starts this weekend when the Hilltoppers travel to Bernalillo for their 2-4A opener. Bernalillo is expected to give the Hilltoppers a run for their money for the district crown this season.