The bases were loaded and the game was tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth inning when Los Alamos' Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate.
The lefty took a strike. On the next pitch, he squared up to bunt. Connor Mang got a huge jump from third base and when Saunders put the ball in play he sprinted home to score the game-winning run.
"It was awesome execution," Los Alamos head coach Mike Gill said.
For a few innings before that, however, the Hilltoppers struggled against Albuquerque Academy. At one point someone in the dugout even commented that the Hilltoppers had done everything they could to lose the game.
Los Alamos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Jared Mang ripped a ball over the left-field fence with his brother, Connor, on second base. In the third inning Jared brought his brother home again. After Trevor Pacheco bunted Connor into scoring position, Jared slapped an RBI base hit into centerfield.
Then Los Alamos kicked a ball, dropped a ball and overthrew the ball to give Academy 3 unearned runs that tied the ball game.
Even though Academy had all of the momentum, Los Alamos fought back. With two runners on in the eighth, Los Alamos turned a dropped-third-strike into a double play.