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The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team closed out the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in five innings Thursday.
In a nondistrict contest in Albuquerque, the Hilltoppers jumped out immediately to a 4-0 lead, pounding out five hits in their first at-bat, then cruised past the Chargers to win 12-0.
Thursday’s game was the next-to-last for Los Alamos before it opens District 2AAAA play. Los Alamos travels to Raton Saturday.
The win was the third in a row for the Hilltoppers (5-8), who have outscored their three opponents — Santa Fe and Pojoaque were the other two — by a combined 35-2.
“Today was the first game we played a full game, with our pitching, our hitting and our defense,” Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said. “It was the best game we played all year. We’ve got district next week, so we’re peaking at the right time.”
Following Saturday’s game with Raton’s Tigers, who are currently ranked second in the Class 3A coaches’ poll, the Hilltoppers will open their district season Wednesday against Española Valley, which has been their chief rival for the top of the 2-4A heap.
Against Academy, catcher Micaela Christensen went 4-for-4, had a pair of doubles and knocked in four runs to lead the offensive surge. Kristin Christensen was 2-for-2 with a home run and Aimee Gutierrez went 2-for-2.
Rachel Anaya picked up the victory, giving up just one hit and striking out three in three innings.
Monika Teter pitched the final two innings, striking out five of the six batters she faced.
Academy threatened to score only once in the game, but Anaya pitched herself out of a jam in the third inning, leaving Charger runners stranded on second and third.