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LA will be at home for 1st round of state

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By Mike Cote

About the only thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was sure of heading into Selection Sunday was that it was going to appear in the playoffs.
Now, the Hilltoppers know their opponent. More importantly, they know they’re staying home.
Los Alamos (17-9) earned the No. 8 seed for the upcoming Class 4A tournament and is paired up against Aztec, the No. 9 seed, for this weekend’s series.
The first round of the 4A playoffs consists of a best-of-3 series. The top seed in each of the eight pairings will host the series.
Los Alamos and Aztec (16-7) will meet in the first game of the best-of-3 set at 4 p.m. Friday. The second game is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday and the third game, if necessary, will start at approximately 1 p.m.
For those wondering where the Hilltoppers were going to fall heading into the playoffs, it was no better than even money whether they would get a home game. The Hilltoppers won District 2-4A, their fifth consecutive district title, to qualify for the postseason, but they had a 5-5 record against nondistrict 4A competition, although four of those five losses came against the same two teams, Piedra Vista and Los Lunas.
Piedra Vista, as expected, was awarded the No. 1 overall seed and will most likely be the opponent of the Los Alamos-Aztec winner in next week’s second round.


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