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Baseball: LA picks up first win over Pojoaque

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team broke into the win column for the first time this season Tuesday on the road.

Los Alamos broke open a tight ballgame Tuesday with a rally in the top of the third to top the Pojoaque Elks 12-4. Taking advantage of four Pojoaque errors in the third inning, Los Alamos pushed five runs across the plate en route to the victory.

The 12 runs scored on the afternoon by the Hilltoppers, who are now 1-8 on the season, was their biggest total so far in 2010. It was also a much-needed spurt for the Hilltoppers, who have gotten off to a slow start offensively.

Pojoaque, meanwhile, slipped to 0-4 on the season. Only one of Pojoaque’s season losses have been by less than Tuesday’s eight-run decision.

The Elks’ first batter of the game, Fernando Zauala, led off with a single and tied came around following an error to tie the game at 1-1.

But Hilltopper starting pitcher Austin Aslin would hold the Elks scoreless for the next two innings, including pitching around a double in the second inning and a walk in the third.

In Los Alamos’ half of the third, Lucas Coker and Scott Berkebile reached on back-to-back errors. Two batters later, No. 8 batter Jordan Sandoval doubled to drive in two runs and spark the rally.

Aslin would double home two more runs later in the inning.

The Hilltoppers will face a stiffer challenge when they open their schedule at Bomber Field Saturday when they square off against the Moriarty Pintos. The Pintos (6-3) have won four contests in row heading into games Wednesday against Cibola and Friday against Capital.