Baseball: Toppers get No. 9 seed for tourney, will host Moriarty

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By The Staff

The debate will continue to rage on.

After being snakebitten in some sports – particularly in boys basketball – by the New Mexico Activities Association rule that district champions get a first-round home game regardless of seed, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is the beneficiary of that rule.

Los Alamos was seeded ninth for the Class AAAA baseball playoffs but will play host to higher seed in the best-of-3 first round series. Moriarty, the eighth seed, will travel to Bomber Field for the tournament.

The first round of the state AAAA tournament will start Friday and continue through Saturday. Friday's game at Bomber Field is slated for 4:30 p.m. Saturday's two games, if both are necessary, will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Los Alamos clinched the District 2AAAA title Saturday after sweeping a pair of games from the Capital Jaguars in Santa Fe. Los Alamos needed just one win in the regular season-ending doubleheader, but took the two games big, winning 21-6 in the first game and 21-8 in the second.

Despite the 2AAAA championship, its first since joining the district in 2001, Los Alamos (15-10 overall, 11-1 in district) was given just a ninth seed, at least in part because it lost several games in the nondistrict season to higher-seeded teams Albuquerque Academy, Farmington and Piedra Vista.

The Hilltoppers were scheduled to play Moriarty’s Pintos earlier this season, but that game was wiped out due to weather.

The Pintos (16-6) finished second in District 5AAAA behind the tournament’s No. 2 seed Albuquerque Academy (19-4). Their only two district losses came at the hands of Academy’s Chargers.

Artesia was awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament and could be Los Alamos’ opponent in the second round of the playoffs should both teams advance.

Artesia’s Bulldogs were the only team in AAAA to top the 20-win mark this season (22-4).

A pair of other teams from 2AAAA was selected for the tournament as well. Bernalillo, which finished second in the district, was given the 11th seed and will take on St. Pius X in the first round. Española Valley, the third-place district finisher, was awarded a 14 seed and will take on third-seeded Farmington.

Another tournament match-up will feature a higher seed traveling to a lower seed. Goddard, the No. 10 seed, will host seventh-seeded Deming when the tournament starts.

Here is the bracket for the first two rounds of the Class AAAA baseball tournament.

First round (best of 3)

Friday and Saturday

(16) Aztec at (1) Artesia

(8) Moriarty at (9) Los Alamos

(12) Silver at (5) Belen

(13) Volcano Vista at (4) Piedra Vista

(14) Española Valley at (3) Farmington

(11) Bernalillo at (6) St. Pius X

(7) Deming at (10) Goddard

(15) Roswell at (2) Albuquerque Academy


May 14

Artesia-Aztec winner vs. Moriarty-Los Alamos winner

Belen-Silver winner vs. Piedra Vista-Volcano Vista winner

Farmington-Española Valley winner vs. St. Pius-Bernalillo winner

Goddard-Deming winner vs. Roswell-Academy winner