RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos Hilltoppers are headed to Class 5A's state baseball semifinals.
"It feels good," Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. "This is our third straight year in the quarters and we finally got past that hump."
Los Alamos played district rival Española Valley in the quarterfinals.
"All four games were good ball games," Gill said. "We know each other pretty well. Obviously there was more meaning to it. The emotions were higher than in districts."
Los Alamos led 7-2 at one point and held on to win the game 7-6.
"It's always been a dog fight between us," Colin Maddox said. "Throughout the game we never let our guard down."
Maddox was the latest 'Topper to step up at the plate and get some big hits when the team needed one. He went 3-for-3 in the game with 5 RBI.
"I was seeing it really nice," Maddox said. "My team helped me pull through my struggles."
Maddox hit a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game, 2-2.
In the third, Jared Mang tripled and Jerrett Genero brought him home with a single that turned into an error-assisted triple. Connor Mang then got hit by a pitch and Maddox hit another 2-RBI single.