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.

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