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The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team went 1-3 at the very tough Farmington Softball Invitational this weekend.
Los Alamos lost twice to the Kirtland Central Broncos at the tournament, in its opening and concluding games of the tournament. It also fell to Farmington, the No. 2-ranked team in Class AAAA, but topped Shiprock in its second game late Friday afternoon.
To open the tournament Friday, the Hilltoppers fell by one run to Kirtland Central, but bounced back to win their second game Friday, topping the Shiprock Chieftains 18-7.
The 5-4 loss was Los Alamos’ second loss of the season to the Broncos, while Friday’s win was the second time Los Alamos had beaten the Chieftains. Los Alamos played both those teams earlier this month at the Piedra Vista Invitational.
In the opener against the Broncos, pitcher Monika Teter threw a three-hitter.
Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said the team had some chances to score runs to help Teter out Friday, but couldn’t find key hits when it needed them, save a 3-run home run by catcher Micaela Christensen.
Los Alamos (3-7) found plenty of hits, however, in Friday’s nightcap against Shiprock. Los Alamos pounded out 17 hits to win going away.
Saturday, Los Alamos couldn’t hold on to a late 2-1 lead against the host Scorpions. With two outs in the fifth inning, the Scorpions hit a 3-run home run to cap a late-inning turnaround, giving them an 8-2 victory.
In the tournament finale, facing the Broncos again, the Hilltoppers gave up 7 runs in the first two innings and went down 8-0.
While Los Alamos didn’t fare any better than at the Piedra Vista tournament in the Four Corners – it also went 1-3 at that event – Anaya said the important thing for his team is to see some of the state’s better teams, many of which are based in and around Farmington.
“It really gets you read for district going up north,” Anaya said. “Playing against those teams up there...I think the girls know what the other teams are like and our girls know they can compete.”