Baseball: LA falls twice to Eagles

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By Mike Cote

BELEN — Little more could be asked from Zak Walterscheid.

In the opening game of a three-game set to determine which team would advance to this week’s Class AAAA quarterfinals, Walterscheid threw a gem. He allowed just seven hits and one earned run through 6-plus innings of work.

But that one earned run was all the Belen Eagles would need against the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team. Another pair of unearned runs would just be gravy as the Eagles took game one of the three-game set 3-0.

In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Eagles’ bats awoke, but the Hilltoppers’ didn’t. The Eagles picked up a 10-0 victory in Belen to knock Los Alamos out of contention.

Walterscheid’s game one effort, combined with the goose egg on the board left Los Alamos manager Mike Gill shaking his head.

“I feel really bad for Zak,” Gill said following Friday’s loss. “His last four games he’s been outstanding and he’s gotten no run support...He’s placing some good fastballs, he’s getting his off-speed pitches in for strikes.”

Belen advanced to play Piedra Vista Wednesday.

Los Alamos, the 2AAAA runner-up this season, ends the 2008 campaign with a mark of 11-16.

As good as Walterscheid was Friday, Belen pitcher Johnny Garcia was even better.

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