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It was a feast day for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team when it took on the Capital Jaguars last weekend.
But the team will have to hope that isn’t followed up by a famine.
It’s hard to say how much offense the Hilltoppers will have to muster heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against the Bernalillo Spartans.
However, one thing is certain: they will need more than they got in their first go-round.
Los Alamos was held to just four hits and had 14 batters strike out — at least two fanned in six of the seven innings — as it dropped its District 2-4A opener to Bernalillo 1-0 April 2.
The second and third games are scheduled for Saturday in Bernalillo. And in those two games Los Alamos is sure to get a big dose of Demi Madalena.
Madalena, last season’s District 2-4A Player of the Year and on the short list to repeat that title, is Bernalillo’s ace pitcher and has given Los Alamos’ hitters fits since joining the Spartans last season.
Along with being a big challenge for the Hilltoppers in their attempt to knock the Spartans off their perch atop the district standings, there is plenty more at stake in what’s become a crowded field near the top of 2-4A.
The Hilltoppers, Spartans and Santa Fe’s Demons are all within one game of each other in the loss column, while Bernalillo currently owns the tiebreaker over Los Alamos and Santa Fe has split doubleheaders with both — its topped the Spartans 10-6 in game two Saturday, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to hand the Spartans just their fourth loss.
The good news heading into Saturday is that the Hilltoppers are swinging hot bats right now. And playing Capital is a good way to keep those bats toasty warm.
Los Alamos, which had 10 hits in a win last week at Española Valley, pounded out 22 hits in just eight innings in sweeping Capital, which has limped to a 3-16 record this season.