Softball: Toppers open 2-4A play today

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By Mike Cote

The 2009 softball season in northern New Mexico takes a big turn starting today and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers hope they can catch that corner correctly.

The Hilltoppers open their District 2AAAA season on the road today against the Taos Tigers.

Los Alamos has high hopes of competing for the district title this season, but it’s not likely to be a cakewalk. Los Alamos will have to compete with the Española Valley Sundevils, the two-time defending district champions.

While in 2008 the 2AAAA race was mostly a two-team affair between the Sundevils and the Hilltoppers, Los Alamos first-year manager Roger Anaya said the Bernalillo Spartans could be a factor in the race when all is said and done.

“I see them being able to upset a few teams,” Anaya said. “They’ll be in the middle of it. When we play them down there (April 8), we’re going to put the best team we can on the field against them.”

The Hilltoppers feel the Spartans (3-5) could be trouble based on the teams’ March 21 meeting during the Los Alamos Softball Tournament. The Spartans rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 5-4 lead before the Hilltoppers countered with two of their own in the bottom of the frame to win 6-5.

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