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Softball stays on top of district with win

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ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team stayed a leg up on the rest of District 2-5A with a lopsided victory Wednesday on the road.
The Hilltoppers scored in each of the five innings of their game against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, coming up with 5 runs in their first at-bat, then tacking on three runs in the third and fifth innings to close things out early.
Reyna Lucero, the Hilltoppers’ ace, threw 3-1/3 innings and allowed just one run as Los Alamos pounded Academy 14-2.
Wednesday’s game could’ve been a tricky one for Los Alamos (14-7 overall, 8-1 in district) as the Chargers gave the team a scare earlier this month. The Chargers, who have struggled throughout 2017, nearly pulled off an upset over the Hilltoppers in extra innings at Overlook Park during the first game of a doubleheader, but Los Alamos did come back to win that one, 10-9.
But following the big first inning, there wasn’t a lot of drama to be had Wednesday in Albuquerque.
Los Alamos features a lot of power in its batting order and had that on full display against Academy. Jayde Tucker and Taylor Collins both hit home runs, with Tucker also adding a triple on the afternoon and Collins a double.
The two combined to go 6-for-8, scored six runs and knocked in five runs.
Lauren Harris also had a big day at the plate for the Hilltoppers, finishing 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Los Alamos leads Española Valley (11-10) by a full game in the 2-5A race, but the Hilltoppers will be spectators this weekend as the Sundevils face off with the Capital Jaguars in a critical doubleheader Saturday in Santa Fe.
Capital is a surprising contender in 2-5A this season and can get right back in the hunt with a good showing Saturday. Should Española Valley earn a sweep, however, it would tie Los Alamos at the top of the 2-5A standings.
Unless the Jaguars manage a sweep of the Sundevils, the Hilltoppers and the Sundevils will meet up April 26 in White Rock with the winner controlling its own destiny for a district title.