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’Topper softball, baseball pick up big wins

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Los Alamos’ softball team used the long ball to its full advantage Tuesday afternoon in a road victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes.
The Hilltoppers blasted three home runs in the game, the big blow a three-run shot to straightaway center field by Alicia Gonzales.
Gonzales’ fifth-inning blast broke open a tight ballgame, putting the Hilltoppers up 7-3 at the time. Relief pitcher Reyna Lucero closed out the game after the Hilltoppers came up with two more runs to win it 9-3 at Chris Peterson Memorial Field.
Los Alamos is off to a hot start this season, particularly at the plate, ahead of a big road doubleheader today against Class 5A Belen. Los Alamos’ offense has produced 58 runs in six games this season.
Pojoaque Valley’s Elkettes (0-4) actually drew first blood in the game, scoring twice in the bottom of the first, but Los Alamos answered right back with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Los Alamos took the lead for good with another pair of runs in the third, those coming on its first homer of the game, that provided by Megan Romero.
Claire Bluhm also hit a solo home run late in the game for Los Alamos (5-1) on Tuesday.
On the mound, freshman Savana Luster started the game, going 4-2/3 innings to pick up the win. Reyna Lucero came on in relief of Luster the bottom of the fifth, retiring all seven batters she faced, five of them by strikeout.

Baseball wins two to start the week
The Hilltopper baseball team evened its record to 4-4 with wins Monday and Tuesday.
The Hilltoppers, who had struggled at the plate heading into the week, getting shut out in three of their last four games, got good run production against both the Los Lunas Tigers and the Santa Fe Demons.
Los Alamos dropped Los Lunas 7-4 in a big Class 5A game Monday at Bomber Field. Los Alamos followed that win up with a 14-5 road victory over Santa Fe, a former District 2 rival which now plays in Class 6A.
So far this season, the Hilltoppers have not been shy about using several different pitchers. In all, five different pitchers threw against Santa Fe.
In their eight games so far, 12 different Hilltoppers have taken the mound.
Those two wins over Los Lunas and Santa Fe came ahead of the Hilltoppers’ trip to Artesia for a three-day tournament. The Hilltoppers were scheduled to face Santa Teresa (3-5), another Class 5A school in the opening round Thursday – results of that game weren’t available as of press time.
The Hilltoppers have defeated both the 5A they have faced in 2017, Gallup and Los Lunas.