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In its nondistrict contest against the Raton Tigers, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team had little on the line except avenging a 2011 loss at Raton.
However, Los Alamos ace pitcher Monika Teter may have had more than that on her mind. Teter, the losing pitcher in last year’s contest, threw perhaps as hard as she has all season in blowing away the Tigers.
Teter struck out 17 batters, at least two in each inning, and tossed a complete game shutout as the Hilltoppers prevailed 5-0 at Overlook Park Saturday.
Los Alamos never fully broke open Saturday’s contest, but it didn’t need to the way Teter was throwing. She gave up just two hits — both singles and only one of them solidly struck — and allowed neither a walk nor a runner to get even as far as third base.
Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said the offensive support her team did give her was good enough.
“She pitches very well with the lead,” he said. “With the defense we have playing behind her, she’s very relaxed out there.”
Los Alamos first baseman Erin Kirk delivered what would be the game-winning hit in the bottom of the first, dropping a single down the left field line to bring home Krysta Salazar and Micaela Christensen.
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