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Facing a big challenge in its 2012 home opener, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball hung tough with a big-swinging ballclub.
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Storm’s offense was too much for the Hilltoppers, despite some solid defensive play.
Cleveland, a Class 5A school that was averaging better than 18 runs per game heading into Wednesday’s contest, slugged a pair of home runs in the third inning and pushed three important runs across in the top of the seventh to down the Hilltoppers 10-5 at Overlook Park.
Cleveland, a very good hitting team from top to bottom, had three three-run innings in the contest to help propel it to the win. Only a couple of big defensive plays by the Hilltoppers limited further damage in the third and seventh innings.
Los Alamos’ Monika Teter, who just rejoined the team following basketball season nine days ago, went the distance Wednesday, giving up nine earned runs on 12 hits. Teter came through when the team needed her to, though, retiring six of seven batters she faced in the fifth and sixth inning with the game still close.
Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers missed some scoring opportunities that might have swung the score in their favor. The Hilltoppers left the bases loaded in the second inning and stranded runners on second and third in the third inning with nobody out.
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