Softball: Toppers take third place in home tournament

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By Mike Cote

Heading into the final game of the 10-game Los Alamos Softball Tournament, second place was still up in the air.

With the Raton Tigers securing first place after going 4-0, the Santa Fe Indian School Braves and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers were tied 2-1 in the standings and facing off in Saturday’s finale at Overlook Park.

In the tournament finale, Hilltopper pitcher Stephanie Abney, the workhorse of Saturday for Los Alamos, threw four outstanding innings, but seemed to run out of gas in the fifth as the Braves touched her up for five runs to knock her out of the contest.

On the strength of the big fifth inning, the Braves would go on to win 7-1 and knock Los Alamos down to third place.

It was a rough stretch for the five teams involved, playing four games in two days. Along the way, though, Los Alamos liked a lot of what it saw, though.

“We didn’t hit the ball as well as we should’ve,” Hilltopper junior Briana Radosevich said. “We did really well on defense. We had some rough spots, but we battled through and made some plays.”

As has been the case for much of this season, though, the Hilltoppers stranded several runners which might have cost them in the early part of the game against SFIS.

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