Mang named MVP in district again

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By The Staff

The two selected as this year’s baseball and softball Most Valuable Players for District 2-4A came as a surprise to absolutely no one.
Demi Madalena of Bernalillo and Jared Mang of Los Alamos were hands down the two dominant forces on the diamond in 2-4A this season.
The picks for the top players in the district were released last week.
Los Alamos’ baseball team picked up four first-team spots, along with Mang’s MVP nod, and a second team selection this year.
For softball, Los Alamos also earned four first-team selections.
Mang, for his part, has been the district’s leading hitter since his first 2-4A game as an eighth grader. This year, Mang led Los Alamos to its sixth consecutive district title and a perfect 12-0 record against district competition.
It was Mang’s third consecutive MVP season — a very good case could’ve been make for Mang winning as an eighth grader as well, but his age was likely a factor in his not winning, although he was a first-team selection that season as well.
In 2014, Mang hit a blistering .605 at the plate, had a pair of home runs and knocked in 44 runs in 28 games. On the mound, he went 8-2 and was credited with one save.
Also this season, Hilltoppers Jake Downs, Colin Kitts, Connor Mang and Trevor Pacheco earned first-team honors in the district.
Additionally, Hilltopper manager Mike Gill was named the Coach of the Year.
For the Hilltopper softball team, it finished with a district record of 8-4, beating out Santa Fe for the runner-up spot in the final district standings.
Among the softball team’s All-2-4A first team selections were Emilee Jones, Alyssa Mojica, Krysta Salazar and Kiana Zerr.
Madalena went 14-3 to lead the Spartans to a second consecutive district title in 2014. She was one of the most dominating pitchers in Class 4A this season, allowing 0.73 earned runs, holding her opponents to a .157 batting average and striking out 164 batters.
Also from Bernalillo, Manuel Montaño was named the Coach of the Year.

Here are the 2014 All-District 2-4A selections for baseball and softball:


First team
Adam Chavez, Bernalillo
Daniel Jaramillo, Bernalillo
Josh Urban, Bernalillo
Elias Archuleta, Española Valley
Jesus Chavez, Española Valley
Elias Gonzales, Española Valley
Manny Otero, Española Valley
Jake Downs, Los Alamos
Colin Kitts, Los Alamos
Connor Mang, Los Alamos
Trevor Pacheco, Los Alamos
Hiram Lopez, Santa Fe
Korwin Mueller, Santa Fe
Gabe Valdez, Santa Fe

Second team
Christian Leon, Bernalillo
Lorenzo Martinez, Bernalillo
Dominik Duran, Capital
Alan Miramontes, Capital
James Naranjo, Capital
Juan Pablo Rodelas, Capital
Juan Diaz, Española Valley
Roy Salazar, Española Valley
Chris Funk, Los Alamos
Jacob Kehoe, Santa Fe
Kodi Richards, Santa Fe

Most Valuable Player
Jared Mang, Los Alamos

Coach of the Year
Mike Gill, Los Alamos


First team
Daniella Cordova, Bernalillo
Lois Delara, Bernalillo
Rachel Duran, Bernalillo
Isabella Navarro, Bernalillo
Jamie Page, Capital
Marina Padilla, Española Valley
Raylynn Quintana, Española Valley
Emilee Jones, Los Alamos
Alyssa Mojica, Los Alamos
Krysta Salazar, Los Alamos
Kiana Zerr, Los Alamos
Alayna Montoya, Santa Fe
Mykala Porras, Santa Fe
Alex Russell, Santa Fe

Second team
Deanna Lopez, Bernalillo
Ashley Perez, Bernalillo
Mary Torelita, Bernalillo
Mikalia Maese, Capital
Yagami Antonio Romero, Capital
Wendy Ruiz, Capital
Leah DeAguerro, Española Valley
Esperanza Montoya, Española Valley
Cheyanne Peña, Española Valley
Jordan Hammock, Los Alamos
Aletta Marciano, Los Alamos
Hannah Mojica, Los Alamos
Jackie Martinez, Santa Fe
Xeala Porras, Santa Fe
Selena Romero, Santa Fe

Most Valuable Player

Demi Madalena, Bernalillo

Coach of the Year

Manuel Montaño, Bernalillo