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  • LA tops Española Valley; can win...

    A crazy play finished off a crazy game between Los Alamos and Espanola Valley in their battle for the top spot in District 2-5A softball.
    With Los Alamos down by two and down to its last out, the team came up with three runs to knock off Espanola Valley’s Sundevils 10-9 at Overlook Park Wednesday.
    Espanola Valley, which had never trailed in the game until the final play, made two critical errors at the close of the seventh inning that allowed those three Hilltopper runs to score and give them the ballgame.
    On the game’s final play, Hilltopper center fielder Alicia Gonzales hit a long fly ball to deep left field. Sundevil left-fielder Sidnee Pollard, who had been rock-solid defensively during the three-game series between the two teams, misplayed the fly ball that she normally would’ve caught, and the ball hit the ground.
    That miscue allowed both pinch-runner Shelby Milligan and Janessa Gonzales to score the game-winning runs.
    With that play, and a bizarre play one batter earlier, also involving Milligan that led to a run, the Hilltoppers managed to secure the lead in the district standings outright and are now just one game away from clinching the 2017 district title.

  • Softball stays on top of...

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team stayed a leg up on the rest of District 2-5A with a lopsided victory Wednesday on the road.
    The Hilltoppers scored in each of the five innings of their game against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, coming up with 5 runs in their first at-bat, then tacking on three runs in the third and fifth innings to close things out early.
    Reyna Lucero, the Hilltoppers’ ace, threw 3-1/3 innings and allowed just one run as Los Alamos pounded Academy 14-2.
    Wednesday’s game could’ve been a tricky one for Los Alamos (14-7 overall, 8-1 in district) as the Chargers gave the team a scare earlier this month. The Chargers, who have struggled throughout 2017, nearly pulled off an upset over the Hilltoppers in extra innings at Overlook Park during the first game of a doubleheader, but Los Alamos did come back to win that one, 10-9.
    But following the big first inning, there wasn’t a lot of drama to be had Wednesday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos features a lot of power in its batting order and had that on full display against Academy. Jayde Tucker and Taylor Collins both hit home runs, with Tucker also adding a triple on the afternoon and Collins a double.
    The two combined to go 6-for-8, scored six runs and knocked in five runs.

  • ’Topper baseball knocks off...

    ALBUQUERQUE – The challenge for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team heading into the final week-plus of its regular season is to remain viable in the District 2-5A race for second place.
    Wednesday, Los Alamos cleared a big hurdle of that challenge.
    The Hilltoppers came back from a run down late to the district-leading Albuquerque Academy Chargers at Marburger Field to force extra innings.
    Then, in the top of the ninth, Los Alamos came up with three doubles to take a commanding lead and ultimately pull off the upset over the Chargers, 7-4.
    Designated hitter Travis Gonzales looped a fly ball over the head of Academy right fielder Markus Parrish, driving in a pair of runs that would ultimately give the Hilltoppers the win in the top of the ninth. Third baseman Antonio Gonzales doubled in Travis Gonzales one batter later for insurance.
    Instead of Los Alamos dropping another big 2-5A contest, as it did in its district opener March 29 after earning a big lead in extra innings, Hilltopper relief pitcher Rico Zerr came on to pick up the save with little trouble from Academy’s hitters.

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    The Los Alamos Nukes will play their last home game at 7 p.m. tonight at Sullivan Field against Montezuma High School.
    The Nukes are undefeated, but lost to Montezuma earlier in the season in a scrimmage.
    “I’m really looking forward to (the game),” said Coach Demetrio Cardiel. “The kids are doing really well. Both of us are at the top.”
    The Nukes have worked on technical skills all season, Cardiel said.
    “We are two of the top teams in our division in the state and it will be a good game in our quest for a repeat championship.”

  • LA’s Miller wins season opener...

    BY TODD URBATSCH
    Special to the Monitor

  • ‘Toppers take first home...
  • Big rally vaults ’Topper...

    ALBUQUERQUE – Los Alamos’ softball team came up with eight runs in the top of the fifth inning to break open a tight ballgame and earn its district season-opening victory.
    The Hilltoppers strung together five straight hits at the top of their batting order to start the fifth Wednesday afternoon at Del Norte High School, including a double by No. 3 hitter Jayde Tucker for the huge rally.
    That big inning for the Hilltoppers came just half an inning after Del Norte came up with four runs to tie the score.
    Del Norte’s Knights, however, would never recover from the fifth inning and the Hilltoppers would go on to win 15-6.
    Los Alamos and Española Valley are expected to duke it out this season for the 2-5A title and a win to start the district season on the road is a good way to start for the Hilltoppers, who were not heading into Wednesday’s game on the highest of notes.
    The Hilltoppers (7-6 overall, 1-0 in 2-5A) managed just one win the weekend before at the Kristen Griego Softball Challenge and had been thumped soundly in several recent contests just ahead of the start of district play.

  • Hilltoppers stunned in extra...

    ALBUQUERQUE – In the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team looked to have victory well in-hand against the Del Norte Knights.
    Los Alamos was just one out away from recording a victory in its district-opening contest, but with two outs, the Knights pulled off an improbable comeback to pull out the victory.
    Reserve infielder Isaac Saiz came through with a bases-clearing single to right field for Del Norte, tying the score in the bottom of the eighth. Immediately after Saiz, right fielder Maurice LaFon drilled a double into the gap in left-center to plate Saiz and give the Knights an 8-7 walk-off victory.
    It was a rough start to the District 2-5A season for the Hilltoppers, who were hoping to turn things around after getting blasted in a doubleheader Monday against Bloomfield, which dropped them to 5-9 on the season.
    The game was close and low scoring throughout regulation – Los Alamos led 3-2 until Del Norte scraped together a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie it and eventually force the extra frame.
    In the top of the eighth, Los Alamos (0-1 in district) also did most of its damage with two outs.