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LA heads to playoffs with win

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By Mike Cote

With its big sweep of the Española Valley Sundevils, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team locked up its sixth consecutive District 2-4A title.
Now, with what seems to be a lock on a 20-win season, the Hilltoppers can turn at least one eye toward the postseason.
Los Alamos earned the district’s automatic bid to the playoffs with its game one victory over the Sundevils Saturday at Bomber Field. Los Alamos won game one in impressive fashion, taking an 11-1 victory over its toughest district foe.
For good measure, the Hilltoppers then blanked the Sundevils 9-0 in game two to complete the doubleheader and the season sweep.
The Hilltoppers (19-6) have just one game remaining on the regular season, that coming Wednesday against the struggling Capital Jaguars (4-18).
While Los Alamos won’t find out until Sunday where it will end up in the 4A bracket, it seems likely at this point the team will end up with a first round home date. Heading into this, the last week of the regular season, Los Alamos was ranked No. 6 in 4A according to MaxPreps.com, which is usually a good indicator of where teams may land in the postseason. A top eight seeding would afford the Hilltoppers the luxury of hosting the first round best-of-3 series, which will be played May 7-8.


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