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If the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team wanted to keep things interesting throughout both games of Saturday’s doubleheader, it accomplished that task.
Hosting a crucial District 2AAAA twinbill Saturday, Los Alamos had to come from behind in both contests against the Española Valley Sundevils. But when it needed to, it came through with some huge offensive innings.
In the first game, Los Alamos put up eight runs in the fourth inning to take that contest 10-6. It put up another 8-spot in the fifth inning of the nightcap en route to a 16-10 victory and a sweep of the Sundevils.
The two victories Saturday gave the Hilltoppers sole possession of first place in the 2AAAA chase and, assuming it can hold serve against hapless Taos and Capital down the stretch, puts the district title well within their reach.
A pair of Los Alamos’ hitters hit home runs in Saturday’s doubleheader. In game one, Kristina Radosevich put a ball out off Sundevil ace Renee Roybal as part of that big fourth inning, while Hilltopper slugger Micaela Christensen went long in the second game as part of a 6 RBI showing at the plate.
The two wins Saturday continued Los Alamos’ recent hot streak. Los Alamos has now won six straight ballgames and has improved its season mark at 9-7 (4-0 in 2AAAA), the first time this season the team has been over .500.
“The girls are playing with a lot of confidence,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “When the girls are down in games, we don’t panic. We stay positive.”
In the first game, Los Alamos trailed 5-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth before putting together the big rally.
Radosevich finished 2-for-3 in the first game, driving in a pair of runs.
On the slab, Monika Teter gave up 13 hits but still struck out 8 hitters to pick up the win.
In game two, Christensen went 3-for-4 and Stephanie Abney was 4-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs.
The big fifth inning rally, however, was sparked by Emily Lucero, who pinch-hit to lead off. Lucero doubled to get things going and she was followed by a string of hits from Ashley Valdez, Brianna Radosevich, Shelby Courtright and others.
Abney started the game pitching for Los Alamos but gave way to Teter in the third inning.
Teter would go on to pick up the game two victory as well.
Anaya said timely hitting, which Los Alamos had trouble finding last season, has been what has carried the team during its current winning streak.