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POJOAQUE — Monika Teter was definitely on her game Tuesday.
Along with picking up the victory for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team from the mound, Teter blasted two home runs, including a grand slam in the fourth inning to lead the Hilltoppers to a lopsided win.
The Hilltoppers scored at least two runs in every inning as they thumped the host Pojoaque Elks 16-0 on the road in their final nondistrict contest before a critical District 2-4 opening doubleheader.
Los Alamos jumped all over Pojoaque, scoring six runs in the first two innings of the ballgame. Meanwhile, Pojoaque could do nothing against Teter, who struck out 9 of the first 10 batters she faced — she had an 11th strikeout as well but a passed ball allowed Analisa Martinez to get to first base.
Teter, Los Alamos’ ace, gave up just two hits in the ballgame and fanned 13 batters in five innings. Only one Pojoaque runner made it as far as second base.
Hilltopper manager Roger Anaya said that after his team went ahead comfortably, he considered pulling Teter, but the cold weather and the fact Teter’s mechanics looked good throughout the later innings changed his mind.
Teter was busy this weekend at the Aztec Invitational, pitching in all three games, but didn’t show any ill effects from those three appearances in two days. She fanned the final five batters she faced on a total of 17 pitches.
At the plate, Teter hit a towering home run over the high left-center field fence to drive in a pair of runs. In the fourth, Teter hit a line drive that just cleared the left field wall with the bases loaded.
Also for Los Alamos Tuesday, Emily Lucero had a two-run single in the first inning, Micaela Christensen had a two-run single in the third and Erin Kirk had a run-scoring single in the fifth. Ariana Larkin doubled and scored a run in the fourth.
The win improved Los Alamos’ record to 5-4. Los Alamos has won three of its last four contests.
It will need some momentum heading into Saturday, however. It has a big doubleheader at Bernalillo to open district play. Should one of those two teams sweep the doubleheader, it would have a big leg up in the 2-4A race for 2012.