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A three-run fifth inning and a big relief pitching effort in the sixth keyed the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team to a win in its home opener.
Zeke Zumbro’s two-run triple was the big blow of a nip-and-tuck ballgame Saturday at Bomber Field, going with a curveball to right field that scored teammates JD Weiss and Danny Finn as the Hilltoppers dropped the Moriarty Pintos 5-4.
Zumbro had a huge game behind the plate as well as coming through with the key hit of the contest, throwing out a pair of runners in the second inning to limit the damage after the Pintos threatened to blow the contest open early.
Los Alamos’ rally in the fifth gave it the win in its first home game of the contest against a tough but inconsistent Pintos’ squad.
Moriarty took a 3-0 lead after 1-1/2 innings against Hilltopper starting pitcher Jake Downs. Downs bent but didn’t break, however, through his four innings on the mound.
Moriarty did its part to kill a couple of its own chances, too, running itself out of three innings.
Zumbro, a senior, said the team needed something to get it going early in the ballgame.
“In the beginning, we were really slow,” he said. “We needed some sort of spark. Me throwing those two guys out I think gave us a spark. We built off that.”
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