After going 20-6 during the regular season, Los Alamos’ baseball team will essentially wipe its record clean and it start its second season on Friday.
The team’s winning percentage and quality wins against the likes of Albuquerque Academy, Valencia and Española Valley helped Los Alamos earn the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state championships.
Once the playoffs, begin, however, records and previous accomplishments won’t mean much. Teams just have to win that day and they’ll move on and get to play another day.
“We’re happy to be in the position we’re in, but everybody is 0-0 again,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said.
The ’Toppers will host Aztec (12-12, 5-3 District 1-5A) in the best-of-three first round series.
The Tigers finished third in its district, behind the reigning champion Piedra Vista (21-4, 8-0) and Farmington (11-15, 5-3).
“That’s one heck of a 14-seed,” Gill said. “Aztec is pretty darn tough. They’re generally very athletic and strong, so we got to go play.”
Jared Mang will start on the mound for the ’Toppers in Friday’s game. Connor Mang, Lane Saunders and Nick Sgambellone will also be ready if needed.