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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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