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After a stinging loss Tuesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is hoping the return of its basketball players to practice this week will help get it on the right track.
Los Alamos fell to the Moriarty Pintos at home Tuesday.
Los Alamos fell behind 11-0 after three innings but its comeback attempt in the late innings fell short, with the Pintos prevailing 11-7.
The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 1-5 on the season. More importantly, it was the fourth loss of the season to a Class 4A team against just the lone victory over Grants.
Going into Tuesday’s game, Moriarty was 0-5 and had been outscored 71-14 on the season.
Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said Los Alamos has made several errors in bad moments that have led to big innings for the other side.
“There are times when we can get out of an inning, then an error happens, then instead of getting out of the inning with just one run, we give up two or three,” Anaya said.
Los Alamos needs to come out from the start of its games better, too, he said.
Falling behind early is something the team has done in several of its early-season games. It trailed 5-0 to Miyamura before falling in that contest 7-5 in the final round of the Piedra Vista Invitational.
Coming back in from basketball, which lost Tuesday in the playoffs to end its season, are outfielders Cristina Perez, Krista Salazar, Kiana Zerr and first baseman Erin Kirk.
The Hilltoppers will have a full week to work out the incoming players before their next scheduled game Tuesday at home against Pojoaque Valley.
In the Moriarty game, after Los Alamos fell into the big early hole, it finally got some offense going in the fourth inning.
Hilltopper third baseman Kristin Christensen started off the fourth with a ground rule double, which led to five runs in the inning.
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers also left the bases loaded at the end of the inning.
For the contest, Los Alamos actually ended up out-hitting Moriarty 12-10.
Los Alamos pitcher Jordan Hammock settled down after a rough start to the game. She ended up taking the complete game loss.
Anaya said he hopes the Moriarty loss is a wake-up call heading into a tough stretch of the season.
“I think we really needed that game,” he said. “We have Pojoaque, St. Pius and Academy later,” he said. “By then, we should be getting ready for distrct.”