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LA baseball earns No. 7 4A ranking

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a No. 7 ranking in this week’s MaxPreps.com ratings of Class 4A baseball teams around the state.
Los Alamos, which has won eight straight games, more than all but one 4A team in the state, is 14-6 on the season heading into a doubleheader against Bernalillo Saturday. It is also at the top of the District 2-4A standings.
The 4A baseball rankings have only been published sporadically by the website this season.
Piedra Vista is No. 1 in 4A baseball despite having a rather pedestrian 12-9 season record, although it has the best strength-of-schedule in the classification.
In 4A softball, Los Alamos, which has been rated as high as No. 10 this season, finished 15th in this week’s rankings. Los Alamos is 10-10 on the season and trying to keep pace with Bernalillo and Santa Fe in the district standings.
The Hilltopper softball squad will also be at Bernalillo for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
In baseball, following Piedra Vista’s Panthers, the Goddard Rockets (11-3) are ranked No. 2, followed by Valencia, Farmington and defending state champ St. Pius X in the top five.
Immediately ahead of the Hilltoppers is the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (10-7) in sixth place. The Chargers defeated the Hilltoppers 8-3 in March.
The next-highest rated District 2 team is Española Valley (12-6) in the 13th spot. After the Sundevils, Santa Fe is ranked No. 20.
Aztec’s Tigers are the No. 1 team in the 4A softball rankings. The Tigers are 17-3, easily the best record in the state, while their District 1 opponent, Piedra Vista (11-8), is in the No. 2 spot.
Artesia is No. 3 in this week’s rankings, followed by Los Lunas and Las Cruces Centennial. Bernalillo (11-4) is ranked No. 7.
Also ahead of Los Alamos in the 4A ratings is Santa Fe at No. 12. Santa Fe and Los Alamos split a doubleheader two weeks ago in White Rock.