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LA clinches sixth 2-4A crown

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By Mike Cote

They are officially in the Class 4A postseason. The trick might now be to stop them.
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are the 2014 District 2-4A champions in baseball and are among the hottest teams in the state. Los Alamos clinched its sixth consecutive district title Saturday with a decisive 11-1 victory over the Española Valley Sundevils at Bomber Field.
To clinch, Los Alamos closed out game one of the doubleheader the way it opened game one: with a big rally.
With the Hilltoppers up 6-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, they scored five times to pick up the victory and the district crown.
Left fielder Chris Funk drove a single into right on a hit-and-run play, knocking in a pair of runs to close out the contest.
“My plan was just to execute that, swing at that pitch,” Funk said. “I was just trying to get hard contact on the ground, like coach tells us to do, and it turned out to be the game-winning hit.”
Going into Saturday’s play, the Sundevils were the only team with a mathematical shot at ending the Hilltoppers’ chokehold on 2-4A. The Sundevils and Hilltoppers played a tight contest in Española earlier this month which Los Alamos won 3-2 with a late home run by Colin Kitts.


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