LA sweeps Centennial to advance

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By Mike Cote

It wasn’t often the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team got into trouble this weekend.
But when it did, Los Alamos was able to work its way out.
The Hilltoppers, the No. 7 seed for the Class 4A playoffs, earned a two-game sweep over the 10th-seeded Centennial Hawks at Bomber Field. The 2-0 sweep in the best-of-3 first round series puts the Hilltoppers into the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Thursday in Rio Rancho.
Los Alamos took game one 15-5, closing that one out in five innings Friday night. Saturday was a tighter contest, but Los Alamos earned the sweep with an 8-4 win.
Hilltopper star Jared Mang won Friday’s game one, throwing a complete five innings, then entered Saturday’s game in a tight spot in the fifth inning with the Hawks threatening.
“Coming into the game, I told coach I was ready to go,” said Mang, who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth and gave up just one hit in the final two innings against a big-hitting lineup. “My arm felt going coming into the game today. Just needed to get it done and I was ready.”
This will be Los Alamos’ second straight appearance in the quarterfinals. Los Alamos swept Aztec in the first round at home in 2013.

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