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For the past several seasons, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team has found itself on several occasions just a hit or two away from victory.
In too many of those scenarios, however, the Hilltoppers haven’t been able to find that hit or two.
So it was refreshing for Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya to see his team come up with some clutch hitting to help put away a stout Class 4A opponent Tuesday afternoon at Overlook Park.
With Los Alamos and the Moriarty Pintos deadlocked at 2-2 after 4-1/2 innings, the team put two big hits together to score a run with two out in the fifth, then pushed another pair across in the sixth to close out what could turn out to be a key victory as the season wears on.
The Hilltoppers (2-5), who lost to the Pintos 3-1 in Moriarty last season, were more than a little happy to earn Tuesday’s 5-2 victory.
It was a particularly good day for Los Alamos’ sluggers, who combined for four extra-base hits against Morgan McWilliams, a solid Class 4A pitcher. In the first inning, Emily Lucero, hitting in the clean-up spot, drilled a McWilliams fastball that caught a little too much of the plate for a two-run home run into dead center.
“I enjoyed it,” Lucero said afterward. “I was surprised I got that pitch because it was the same pitch as the first strike.”
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