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SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team wasted no time jumping all over the Santa Fe Demon pitching staff Wednesday.
Los Alamos pounded out seven hits in the top of the first Wednesday, pushing eight runs across the plate in the inning, setting the tone for a District 2-4A rout.
The Hilltoppers finished with 14 hits in three innings as they closed out the Demons in the minimum five innings, winning 17-0. The victory improved the Hilltoppers 2-4A mark to 3-0.
Currently, Los Alamos is sitting atop the district standings and can put some separation between itself and the other four 2-4A teams with a good showing at home this weekend.
Eight of the first nine Hilltopper batters reached base in the first inning — the lone exception was Nick Baker’s sacrifice bunt — as the Hilltoppers jumped out to an 8-0 lead against Santa Fe starting pitcher RJ Porras. In all, the Hilltoppers sent 12 batters to the plate, with designated hitter Austin Aslin picking up two hits and driving in two runs.
Porras was pulled after one inning in favor of Jason Lujan, who made it just 1-2/3 innings. The third Santa Fe pitcher of the game, Armando-Tres Chaires, was by far the most effective, giving up just one run in 2-1/3 innings, but by that time Los Alamos had built up an insurmountable lead.
On the mound for Los Alamos was Danny Finn. Finn went three innings to pick up the victory, giving up four hits and striking out three batters. JD Weiss pitched the fourth and Jared Mang came in to mop up.
Following the big first inning, Los Alamos (11-5 overall) scored four runs in the second and four more in the third.
Aslin, who went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs, doubled to lead off the third inning while Baker had a run-scoring triple in the inning.
Los Alamos currently has a one-game advantage over Española Valley (5-3, 2-1) in the 2-4A standings, although that could change because Santa Fe may have to forfeit a win over the Sundevils following an altercation in game one of their doubleheader Saturday, a game the Demons won 5-0.
The Hilltoppers and Sundevils will meet in a doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field. Should one of the teams sweep, it would take control of the 2-4A standings and have a leg up for a district title.