Softball: Toppers split two with Sundevils

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By Mike Cote

ESPAÑOLA — Heading into a big District 2AAAA doubleheader, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team had the lofty goal of a sweep.

It got halfway there.

Los Alamos split its 2AAAA doubleheader Thursday, coming back from a late deficit to win 7-5, but falling in the nightcap 9-3 on the road.

While the split was a game short of the Hilltoppers’ hope, it was far-and-away a better performance than many of their recent trips to the valley, particularly in 2008 when the Hilltoppers were swept by a combined score of 19-0.

“A split’s not bad,” Los Alamos first-year manager Roger Anaya said. “We’re even…If the district comes down to one game at home, I like our chances.”

In game one, the Hilltoppers saved the best for last. Their last at-bat, anyway.

The Hilltoppers, who trailed the entire game except for after half an inning, loaded the bases off Española Valley starting pitcher Renee Roybal, who had turned in a solid performance up to that point.

Los Alamos catcher Micaela Christensen lined a sharp single to right field that was then misplayed by right fielder Serena Garcia and rolled to the fence. Christensen and all of the Hilltoppers on base came around to score to take a 7-5 lead.

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