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The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team broke open a close game with five runs in the sixth inning while pitcher Monika Teter did the heavy lifting Wednesday afternoon.
The Hilltoppers picked up the season sweep over the Bernalillo Spartans at Overlook Park Wednesday, earning a 9-0 victory. The win tightens the clamps on the Hilltoppers’ control over District 2-4A, who now effectively own a four-game lead over the second-place Spartans with five games to play.
“Winning district is very important to us,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We’re 7-0 now, but we have our sights set on going through district undefeated. Our goal is to win one game at a time and play one pitch at a time. We need to continue to play good ball.”
Los Alamos can clinch the 2-4A title Saturday with a sweep over the Santa Fe Demons.
Against Bernalillo, Teter went the distance and allowed just two hits. She walked just one batter while striking out 11.
The game was scoreless until the third inning when Rachel Anaya scored on a base hit by Micaela Christensen following Kianna Zerr’s sacrifice bunt. Emily Lucero drove in Christensen later in the inning to put Los Alamos up 2-0.
It was a big day for Zerr, who finished 3-for-3 with a triple. Erin Kirk, who has swung a hot bat of late, was 2-for-3. Ari Larkin had a pinch-hit double to get the five-run rally going in the fifth.
The Hilltoppers finished with eight hits against a pair of Bernalillo pitchers.
The win was the 10th in a row for the Hilltoppers (14-4) who have shut out six straight opponents and haven’t committed a defensive error during that time.
“We’ve got to continue doing what we’re doing,” Anaya said. “Hopefully in two or three weeks we’re as sharp as we are now. If we are, we’ll be ready for anything that comes along.”