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Softball players will say immediately that nothing hurts worse than the sting of a bat after not connecting solidly with a pitch on a cold day.
Micaela Christensen had no such issue in the third inning Thursday.
Christensen crushed a fastball over the left-center field fence Thursday, the big blow of a 5-run inning as the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team thumped Santa Fe.
To close out the contest, Los Alamos scored 4 runs in the sixth inning to take its home opener 13-5. The game was called after six innings owing to darkness.
Christensen, a freshman catcher for Los Alamos who displayed some power on the varsity team last season as an eighth-grader, powered the fastball from Santa Fe pitcher Sara Galano for a 2-run shot that put Los Alamos up 6-3 at the time.
“I didn’t even feel it,” Christensen said of the first home run of her varsity career. “You get a good hit like that, you don’t even feel it.”
For the game, she finished 3-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored.
Los Alamos’ big inning couldn’t have come at a better time Thursday.
In the top of the third, the Hilltoppers gave away two runs to the Demons with two outs and no one on base.