With 10 seniors on its roster, the Los Alamos softball team has plenty of experience to lead the team this season.
Los Alamos graduated its No. 1 pitcher from last year, Jordan Hammock, but everyone else has returned.
“We have like 10 graduating seniors, so our hope is to make our last season the best we can,” Madeline Lockhart said.
After pitching in the No. 2 spot last year, Lockhart will be the team’s No. 1 pitcher this season. “There’s some pressure, but I’m excited,” Lockhart said.
Seniors Morgan Hohner, Makaela Jones, Rebecca Luster, Elizabeth Anaya, Shelby Chavez, Taylor Jaramillo and Hannah Mojica also return with a lot of experience on the diamond.
Lockhart, Chavez, Anaya, Jaramillo and sophomore catcher Jordan Jaramillo are the team’s captains.
The team began its season Wednesday against Class 6A power Cleveland. The ’Toppers hit well, but the team’s defense struggled with the wind.
Several balls dropped in front of, or sailed over the heads, of the ’Toppers. Several ground balls also found holes in Los Alamos’ infield for base hits.
“I’m a little disappointed today with our defense,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We didn’t adjust well to the wind.”