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Softball: LA holds on to top Cleveland

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By The Staff

Heading into the biggest set of games of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team kept its impressive winning streak intact.

The Hilltoppers held on in a tight contest Thursday, topping the Class 5A Sue Cleveland Storm 1-0 at Overlook Park.

Los Alamos scored in the bottom of the first, but got little going offensively for the rest of the contest. However, the team’s pitching and defense was solid throughout.

Hilltopper ace Monika Teter got through the only real threat Cleveland was able to mount Thursday. Teter pitched around a leadoff double in the top of the sixth.

In the sixth, Storm outfielder Mariah Gonzales doubled to open the inning. The Storm (4-17) had runners on second and third, but Teter got the final batter of the inning to hit a routine ground ball to Stephanie Abney at second base.

Teter went the distance Thursday, throwing just 100 pitches in the process. She allowed only two hits and two bases on balls while striking out nine batters.

Los Alamos’ only run of the contest was driven in by catcher Micaela Christensen. Christensen’s 1-out base hit in the bottom of the first brought in Brianna Radsoevich, who led-off the contest with a base hit.

Hard-luck losing pitcher Emma Estrada allowed just four hits in the contest for Cleveland.

Tuesday’s win was the 10th in a row for the Hilltoppers.

Saturday, the Hilltoppers (13-7 overall, 7-0 in 2AAAA) will face the Bernalillo Spartans at Bernalillo in a doubleheader. The Spartans (11-7 overall, 6-1 in 2AAAA) are in second place in the district standings but would jump into first place should they earn a sweep.

For Los Alamos, meanwhile, a sweep Saturday would give it the district title, while taking one of the two would give it the regular season tiebreaker over Bernalillo.