When the Los Alamos softball team began its season 1-4, manager Roger Anaya said he challenged the girls. Looking at the schedule, he knew the team had some winnable games ahead of it. The team had been hitting well, but it had been inconsistent on defense. By putting an extra emphasis on defense during practices, the ’Toppers have rose to the challenge.
Los Alamos beat Moriarty, 4-0, and then St. Pius X, 11-2.
Tuesday, the Hilltoppers won their third straight game to get to .500. The Hilltoppers beat Pojoaque Valley, 13-5, to improve to 4-4 overall.
Getting a third win in a row wasn’t easy, however. Los Alamos had to overcome a 5-run deficit to score the victory against Pojoaque.
“I told the girls I was proud that they didn’t panic,” coach Anaya said.
“We knew we had the ability to comeback,” senior Shelby Chavez said.
The Elkettes started the second inning with four base hits to take a 2-0 lead. A fielder’s choice and a strikeout had Los Alamos close to getting out of the jam, but an error extended the inning and helped Pojoaque plate a couple more runs to take a 5-0 lead.
“We’ve been trying to keep our composure,” Chavez said. “If we mess up, just let it fall out of our mind.”