Big 5th inning lifts LA to district win

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Softball: ’Toppers face Chargers in nondistrict game this afternoon

By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team broke open a tight ballgame with a big rally in the fifth inning and capped off Wednesday’s contest with a big sixth inning.
After falling behind 5-4 Wednesday at Santa Fe, Los Alamos pushed 13 runs across the plate in the next two innings to win 17-5 in a key District 2-4A contest.
After struggling to get its offense going against a talented eighth grade pitcher, Alex Russell, Los Alamos strung together several base hits in the fifth inning. Those hits, combined with Santa Fe’s defensive miscues — following a nearly flawless first four innings — put the Hilltoppers up 11-5.
Meanwhile, Los Alamos pitcher Monika Teter did the rest. Teter shut out the Demons in the fifth and sixth innings to post her third victory in as many 2-4A games.
The win at Santa Fe puts Los Alamos at 3-0 on the district season (8-4 overall). Los Alamos will play what could be an important nondistrict contest this afternoon against Albuquerque Academy then face off against Española Valley Saturday for sole possession of first place in 2-4A.
Los Alamos led 4-1 after 3-1/2 innings, but Santa Fe rallied for four runs in the bottom of the fourth — the Hilltoppers might have gotten out of the inning unscathed but committed two key errors — to go ahead.
“I told everyone not to panic,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It was just a matter of us timing the ball. There was still plenty of game left, we just needed to score some runs.”
Micaela Christensen had a two-run home run for the Hilltoppers in the third inning and Erin Kirk followed up with a solo shot in the fourth.
On the slab, Teter was efficient, throwing 82 pitches in six innings to finish off the game.
This afternoon, Los Alamos will make just its second home appearance of the season against Academy (4-7). Today’s game could affect Los Alamos’ seeding should it make the Class 4A playoff field.