Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Alamos put together its best offensive inning of the game to beat Moriarty, 8-4, in game one of their first-round state baseball series Friday.
Zealand Waltersheid walked to start the inning. Antonio Gonzales then ripped a double down the left field line to bring Waltersheid home and cut Moriarty's lead to 4-3.
Travis Gonzales singled and Vincent Marchiano reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
James Neal drew a walk to bring in the tying run. Connor Mang then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and put an exclamation point on the game. Mang smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to end the game with Los Alamos on top.
Before that, the Fighting Pintos had made some big plays to put themselves in a position to win the game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Moriarty scored the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Moriarty then put the pressure on Los Alamos with a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead.
Los Alamos, however, kept fighting to win the game.
Runs were hard to come by for most of the game.