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  • And There's The Pitch

    Los Alamos pitcher Jordan Hammock delivers a strike in Wednesday’s softball game against Española Valley. Los Alamos has a big doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo for the early District 2-5A lead. Game times are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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  • Local golfers place high at senior tournaments

    Numerous Los Alamos golfers shot good enough scores to break into the top three in their respective flights at a trio of Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association last week.
    At the tournament held at New Mexico State University’s golf course April 1, Ron Krantz and Kerry Coffelt both won their flights.
    Krantz shot a 79 gross score to win the Second Flight. He was also closest to the pin on the 17th hole.
    Coffelt shot an 80 gross to win the Fourth Flight.
    The day before the New Mexico State University tournament, Coffelt also competed at the Red Hawk golf course. He finished second in the Fourth Flight with a 97 gross score.
    On April 2, the association hosted its third tournament in three days at the Sonoma Ranch golf course. In that tournament, Los Alamos’ Ken Koch won the First Flight with a 79 gross score.

  • ’Toppers leave nine runners on base in loss

    ESPAÑOLA — The Los Alamos Hilltoppers got a base runner in scoring position in each of the first six innings Wednesday against Española Valley, but they couldn’t bring anyone home.
    Nine ’Toppers were left on base in the contest as Los Alamos failed to get a timely hit again and again.
    “That was the difference in the game,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
    The ’Toppers eventually lost the District 2-5A baseball game, 4-0, to the Sundevils.
    “They got (timely hits) and we didn’t,” Gill said. “Española was more aggressive than we were at the plate.”
    Jesus Chavez hit a solo home run over the center-field fence to give the Sundevils a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
    In the third, Elias Gonzales began the inning with a single and moved over to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Chavez hit a RBI single to put his team up, 2-0.
    The Sundevils then went up 4-0 in the fifth. Los Alamos made a throwing error to start the inning that went through a hole in the fence to give Española Valley second base. A pitch in the dirt let the runner take third. Then Lucas Arellano executed a suicide squeeze, laying a bunt down the third-base line to bring Elias Archuleta home. Arellano later scored on a wild pitch.

  • Los Alamos holds on for key district victory

    ESPAÑOLA — What was nearly a mercy rule-shortened game turned into a game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team had to sweat out.
    Los Alamos led by 11 runs heading into the bottom of the sixth inning in a key early season District 2-5A contest against the Española Valley Sundevils, but the Sundevils mounted a rally to get back into the ballgame in that sixth inning, putting 10 straight runners on base before the Hilltoppers were able to get out of it Wednesday afternoon.
    But relief pitcher Madeline Lockhart was able to get the final six outs of the contest and preserve a 15-10 victory over the Sundevils. Lockhart got out of the sixth inning thanks to a couple of baserunning errors by Española Valley, and then getting leadoff hitter Raylynn Quintana to fly out to center.
    “I told the girls, ‘I’ll take the win,’” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “I think we played well for five innings but after that we kept the ball up (in the strike zone) for them. Española is a very good hitting team.”
    Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock gave up 4 runs — 3 earned — through the fifth, actually setting the Sundevils down in order in the fifth, but Anaya said he thinks she started to run out of gas in the sixth.

  • Starting off the Season

    Participants in Tuesday’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race take off from the start. The first race of the year was at the Canyon Rim Trail. Races are scheduled for every Tuesday evening through early fall. See atomicrunners.com for more information. For Tuesday’s race results, see Sports on Page 8.

  • Pace races begin at Canyon Rim

    Burton Krohn was only 4 seconds off his predicted time in the opening pace race Tuesday on the Canyon Rim Trail.
    Ted Romero at 5 seconds off, Sue Elkins recorded a 6 second error, and Nikol Strother had an 8 second differential.
    Lauraine Maness was the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with a time of 9 minutes, 23 seconds.
    The top male was Paul Elkins (14:26).
    On the 1.5-mile course, Tad Hughes ran a 9:54 and Linda Vance was the fastest female at 14:15.
    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero was issued a time of 19:37 and Nikol Strother was the top female in 20:00.
    Next week’s race will be held on 6 p.m. Tuesday, near the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 502, down Main Hill on the road to the County Waste Treatment Plant in lower Bayo Canyon.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
     

  • Two champs lead LA at tennis tournament

    Two singles champions, a third-place finish and a pair of fourth-place finishes in doubles helped the Los Alamos girls tennis team finish second in its home tournament Saturday in Santa Fe.
    The Hilltopper girls scored 19 team points to take second out of 14 teams, only 2 behind Farmington and 5 ahead of third-place Las Vegas Robertson. Piedra Vista (7) finished fourth, followed by Santa Fe (6), Roswell (4), Gallup (3), Bernalillo (2), Los Alamos 2 (2), Española Valley (1), Santa Fe Prep (1), Belen (0), Capital (0) and Taos (0).
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished fifth out of 12 teams at Española Valley’s tournament Saturday, led by a second-place, a fourth-place and a fifth-place finish.
    Farmington won the boys tournament with 44 points. Las Vegas Robertson (25) took second, followed by Piedra Vista (18), Cleveland (13), the ’Toppers (8), Taos (6) and Santa Fe Prep (4) while Hope Christian, Roswell, Española Valley and Belen did not score.
    Leading the Hilltopper girls were a pair of individual champions. Katya Skurikhin won the No. 2 singles bracket and Michelle Alexander won the No. 3 singles bracket for Los Alamos.

  • ’Toppers ready for big district ball games

    Los Alamos’ baseball and softball teams will get their first true tests in District 2-5A on Wednesday.
    Both teams blew out the last-place Capital Jaguars in their district openers last week.
    Now they’ll take on one of the teams they’re battling at the top of the standings, Española Valley.
    In both baseball and softball, Los Alamos, Española Valley and Bernalillo are all undefeated in district contests.
    Both Española Valley teams took two games from Del Norte last week while Bernalillo’s clubs took one game from Del Norte and two from Capital.
    The undefeated teams will now play each other in the next week to see who gets the early lead at the top of the district standings after the first round of contests.
    Los Alamos will travel to Española Valley Wednesday for 4 p.m. games. Then on Saturday, both Los Alamos teams travel to Bernalillo for doubleheaders beginning at 11 a.m.
    The Hilltopper boys are trying to win their seventh consecutive district title. Right now, they’re 10-5 overall and 1-0 in District 2-5A. Española Valley, meanwhile, is 10-4 overall and 2-0 in District 2-5A.

  • Herrera steps down as soccer coach

    A.J. Herrera has stepped down as the head coach of the Los Alamos girls soccer team.
    In his only season at the helm of the Hilltopper girls, Herrera led Los Alamos to a 14-7 overall record and a District 2-5A championship with a perfect 6-0 league mark.
    Los Alamos earned a No. 3 seed and first-round bye in the Class 5A state tournament, but fell to Albuquerque Academy, 1-0, in the quarters.