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The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team hit three home runs in the third inning en route to a rout of the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday.
Christina Perez, Micaela Christensen and Kristin Christensen all went yard in the third inning as the Hilltoppers blanked the Chargers 14-0 in Albuquerque.
It was a big win against a Class 4A team for the Hilltoppers, who earned just their second victory over a rival 4A team this season.
Going into the nondistrict game, Los Alamos was well aware another nondistrict loss could very well spell doom for its chances to make the playoffs should it need an at-large nod.
“A lot of the games we’ve played, they’ve definitely give us a chance to play tough competition,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “That’s why we play a tough schedule.”
The downside of playing a tough schedule for the Hilltoppers, however, was that their stock can drop considerably if they end up on the losing side of those contests.
That wasn’t the case Thursday.
Los Alamos pounded out 17 hits, including the three homers. Perez led off the third with a solo shot. After Aletta Marciano doubled her way on two batters later, Micaela Christensen belted a two-run homer. Kristin Christensen, hitting right behind cousin Micaela, followed up with another solo blast.
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