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The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball and softball teams will have big contests Wednesday afternoon in the valley.
Both teams will be taking on the Española Valley Sundevils. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
For the Hilltopper baseball team, this could be their toughest test to date of the District 2-4A season. The Hilltoppers and the Sundevils are tied for the lead in the 2-4A standings heading into Wednesday’s contest, with both sporting a record of 3-0.
The Sundevils (10-5) demolished Capital in two games this weekend, winning those by a combined 45-2 — the Jaguars aren’t likely to win a single district contest this season — and held off Santa Fe for a 4-1 victory in their first 2-4A outing.
Meanwhile, with its sweep of Santa Fe this weekend, Los Alamos has again positioned itself early to compete for a district title, which would be the team’s sixth in a row.
Although it’s still early in the district season, 2-4A is already shaping up to be a two-horse race between Los Alamos and Española Valley. Regardless of which team prevails Wednesday, the teams will meet for doubleheader in Los Alamos April 26, a twinbill that will likely determine the 2014 champion.
Also with its sweep of the Demons, the Hilltoppers moved a season-best five games above .500 (11-6). The Hilltoppers have won five straight games and six of their last eight.
In softball, both Los Alamos and Española Valley are trying to keep pace with the top two teams in 2-4A right now, Bernalillo and Santa Fe.
Los Alamos could easily have dropped three games off the pace Saturday, but bounced back after a loss in game one of a doubleheader against Santa Fe’s Demons. The Demons won the opener 8-2, but the Hilltoppers had a big bottom of the first in game two to take control and win that contest 11-6.
The Hilltoppers (7-11 overall, 1-2 in district) could still use a victory over the Sundevils (8-6, 2-1) to remain on pace in what could be a tight race for the title.
Bernalillo, the defending district champ and the front-runner for the title again, already posted a 1-0 victory over Los Alamos at home last week. Bernalillo, which has a nondistrict meeting scheduled with Del Norte Thursday, returns to district play for a critical doubleheader Saturday at Santa Fe.
Española Valley was on the short end of a surprisingly large 12-1 loss at Santa Fe last week, but came back to crush lowly Capital in two games Saturday.
NOTE: KRSN will broadcast Wednesday’s baseball game live from Española. Gene Mortensen, the ‘Voice of the Hilltoppers’ will be on the play-by-play.