Toppers close out Spartans in 6, pick up season sweep

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By Mike Cote

With one of its two biggest challengers officially dispatched, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team can turn its attention to the other.
Los Alamos erased an early two-run deficit Wednesday against the Bernalillo Spartans, then poured it on in the late innings. First baseman Steven Williams and third baseman Jake Downs both went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs as the Hilltoppers dispatched the Spartans 12-2 in six innings.
The win moves Los Alamos to 5-1 in the District 2-4A standings.
With five of its remaining games against the two bottom teams in district, Santa Fe and Capital, Los Alamos appears to be in excellent position to earn its fourth straight 2-4A title.
The main obstacle remaining for the Hilltoppers (13-6 overall) is the Española Valley Sundevils, who handed the Hilltoppers their only loss of the district season so far.
At Bomber Field Wednesday, Los Alamos scored in each of its six at-bats, pushing seven runs across in the fifth and sixth innings. Los Alamos closed out the contest early after executing a rare suicide squeeze play with Zeke Zumbro bunting home Nick Baker.
The win gave the Hilltoppers the season sweep over the Spartans (7-12, 2-5) and some confidence after dropping game two of their doubleheader with the Sundevils March 31, the last time the Hilltoppers took the field.

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