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The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team picked up a third-place finish at the Andres Arguello Memorial Tournament this weekend.
Los Alamos scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against Socorro (Texas) Saturday to win the tournament’s third-place game, 7-5. Los Alamos won two of three contests at the tournament, but fell 10-0 in the semifinal to host St. Pius X.
The third-place finish was an accomplishment for the Hilltoppers, particularly the seniors, who had never placed better than fourth at the Arguello tournament.
In Saturday’s game against Socorro, Hilltopper ace JD Weiss threw four hitless innings in a critical stretch to keep his team with Socorro.
With the game tied at 4 late, Los Alamos scraped together three hits, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a hit batsman to push three runs across. Kyle Parks had a big run-scoring hit with two outs to give the Hilltoppers the lead.
Los Alamos manager called Saturday’s victory a total team win.
“We’re just playing really good baseball,” said Gill. “We kind of ran into a buzzsaw against Pius. They just beat us, but overall, we’re playing good baseball. The chemistry is so good. We’re playing good as a team.”
Weiss (3-1) allowed four hits in the first two innings of the contest, leaving pitches up in the strike zone on occasion, but allowed just one hit the rest of the ballgame, his second complete game win of the week.
Weiss and catcher Zeke Zumbro were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Hilltoppers.
Los Alamos’ defense, which has been spotty in the past, has been solid throughout the early part of the season. Jared Mang, who returned just this week from a broken finger, had a good defensive game at shortstop against Socorro.
Friday, the Hilltoppers were dropped in the semifinal by St. Pius. The Sartans, who could be one of the teams to beat in 4A this season, scored three runs in the first inning and four in the fourth to close out the contest early.
The Sartans had their offense going Friday, while the Hilltopper offense couldn’t get on track.
“We didn’t make a single error, we didn’t make any bad plays, they just hit it where we weren’t,” Gill said. “We didn’t beat ourselves, we just got beat.”
Despite Friday’s loss, Los Alamos (6-4) has still won six of its last eight contests. It will be tested this week, however, when it takes on Hope Christian Tuesday and then heads to the Piedra Vista Invitational Thursday.