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The District 2AAAA season started off with a bang for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team.
In their first offensive half-inning of the 2010 district season, the Hilltoppers marched 18 batters to the plate and scored 13 runs.
Los Alamos went on to crush the Taos Tigers 18-3 to win their district opener at Overlook Park. The game was called after three innings of play.
In the bottom of the first, Los Alamos sent 10 batters to the plate before Taos recorded an out and finished the innings with four hits, including two RBI hits by left fielder Shelby Courtright.
The Hilltoppers would chase Taos starting pitcher Camille Rivera in the first inning after she failed to retire any of the eight batters she faced.
Following the rout, Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he was happy to get a win to start off district, particularly after his team was coming off an 11-day layoff.
“At first I thought (the layoff) would be a factor,” Anaya said. “But the advantage of coming off a layoff is that it gave us a chance to practice and fix some issues that we saw earlier in the season. We got to do that.”
Los Alamos pitcher Stephanie Abney threw all three innings and allowed just three Tigers to reach base, although the third, who reached on a dropped third strike, was erased one pitch later attempting to steal second.
Abney struck out seven of the 12 batters she faced and allowed just two hits and one walk.
Taos, however, gave up a slew of walks in the first inning with Rivera and relief pitcher Elizabeth Winter both struggling with their control. The pitchers gave up a combined seven walks in the first inning as well as a hit batter.
Courtright had a double and a single in the inning — her hard single which drove in designated hitter Mariah Zerr scooted past Taos left fielder Marisa Mares and Courtright ended up on third — to drive in a pair of runs. Tina Radosevich walked in a run and Ashley Valdez was credited with a RBI when she was plunked by Rivera with the bases loaded.
Los Alamos lead-off hitter Briana Radosevich singled and walked three times in the game, scoring four runs.
For Taos, Mares took a fastball on the outside corner out of the park for a two-run home run, one of only two hits allowed by Abney. That opposite-field shot was all the offense the Tigers would muster.
The Hilltoppers were without two of their top players Wednesday, pitcher Monika Teter and catcher Micaela Christensen, but Anaya said both would be back in time for the team’s nonidistrict contest against Albuquerque Academy Saturday.