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  • Isotopes drop finale 3-1 in 11...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes ran out of gas Thursday afternoon in the series finale against the Tacoma Rainiers (3-5), dropping a 3-1 decision in 11 innings.
    The Isotopes just missed the sweep, taking the first three games of the four-game series, and conclude the eight-game homestand with a 5-3 record.
    The Isotopes had a chance for their fourth walk-off win in seven games in the bottom of the ninth and 10th but couldn’t find a way to pull it out.
    Ben Paulsen led off the inning with a double but was gunned down at third after an attempted sacrifice bunt. A 4-6-3 double play ended the inning.
    In the bottom of the 10th, catcher Ryan Casteel reached to lead off the frame courtesy of an error but was left stranded after a popup and back-to-back strikeouts.
    Albuquerque has won a pair of 10-inning games this season in addition to two more last at-bat wins.
    Sunday’s 11-inning affair was the longest for the Isotopes this season. In the top of the 11th, a leadoff double got Tacoma’s offense rolling.
    An errant throw on a bunt attempt allowed a run to score and put another runner on third with no outs. After a sacrifice fly, the Rainiers led 3-1. The Isotopes couldn’t muster any offense in the home half of the 11th with Tacoma retiring the side in order.

  • White signs with Union University

    After graduating this spring, Los Alamos' Forrest White will head to Tennessee. White signed his official letter of intent Wednesday to run cross-country for Union University, a private liberal arts college located in Jackson, Tenn.
    White earned all-state honors in the fall with a seventh-place finish at the state cross-country meet. He finished the 5k race in 16 minutes, 43.50 seconds to help the 'Toppers win their fourth straight team championship.
    "I'm just really thrilled for Forrest," Los Alamos cross-country coach Rob Hipwood said. "Forrest was an outstanding athlete and had a super work ethic."
    White also played a big part in the team's 2013 championship. Los Alamos cross-country coach Kathy Hipwood said White passed six runners in the final 600 meters of the race, helping the 'Toppers finish just two points ahead of second place Albuquerque Academy.
    He's hoping to continue that success at the next level.
    "It's given me a chance to know how to win and experience success at something that I worked hard for," White said about his experiences at Los Alamos.
    White is also Los Alamos' No. 1 singles tennis player, but has been sidelined lately with an injury.

  • ’Toppers blank Del Norte,...

    It wouldn’t seem going into Wednesday’s game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team would have much trouble with the Del Norte Knights, but apparently no one told the Knights that.
    The game was tighter than expected most of the way, with the key difference being a couple of early miscues by the Knights that allowed four runs to come home. Those runs were all the offense the Hilltoppers could muster Wednesday.
    Fortunately for Los Alamos, Jared Mang and the Hilltopper defense were up to the challenge. Mang threw a complete game gem and Los Alamos made some key plays behind him to back him up as the team came away with a 4-0 victory.
    Mang was in command all day long. He was ahead of virtually every hitter in the game through the first four innings and allowed just one hit through six.
    The only inning he found himself in any serious trouble was in the seventh inning. Mang allowed a walk and a hit in the inning, giving the Knights some life, but he would end up getting Dom Levy to tap out softly back to the mound to end the game.
    With Wednesday’s win, the Hilltoppers improve to 4-1 in District 2-5A play (13-6 overall) and keep pace with the Española Valley Sundevils in the chase for the top spot in the district.

  • ’Toppers have backs against the...

    Despite base runner after base runner getting into scoring position, the Los Alamos softball team only managed to get one run on the board Wednesday in a tough, 2-1 loss to Del Norte’s Knights.
    “This one hurts,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We had opportunities throughout the game, we just couldn’t get a timely hit.”
    The ’Toppers had a runner reach third base in the first five innings of the game, but none of them were able to score.
    After seeing four girls stranded at third and two innings end with the bases loaded, Anaya tried to manufacture a run in the fifth inning.
    Shelby Milligan got hit by a pitch, then Hannah Mojica ripped a pitch.
    Milligan probably would’ve been able to score on the long ball, but it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, forcing her to stop at third.
    Anaya then tried to get Milligan home with a squeeze play. Rebecca Luster laid down a bunt, but Del Norte’s pitcher Leticia Tavarez fielded the ball, checked the runner and got the out at first. When Tavarez threw to first, Milligan took of for home. Del Norte’s first baseman, however, fired home to keep Los Alamos off the scoreboard by turning the double play.

  • Five-run first catapults...

    The Albuquerque Isotopes (5-2) used a five-run first inning, highlighted by a Brandon Barnes leadoff home run, to win their fourth-straight game with a 7-6 victory against the Tacoma Rainiers (2-5) Wednesday night. Catcher Ryan Casteel also tacked on three RBI.

    DECIDING MOMENT: The Rainiers tied the game at six with a one-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth. After three walk-off wins in their first six games, the Isotopes have come much accustomed to the late inning dramatics. Leading off the home half of the eighth, Ben Paulsen was plunked on the elbow. An Angelys Nina single to center put runners on the corners for catcher Ryan Casteel. The 23-year-old backstop grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Paulsen to score the go-ahead run.

    CASTEEL’S DEAL: Catcher Ryan Casteel started his third game behind the dish for Albuquerque and turned in a vital 1-for-3 night with three RBI. In his three appearances this season, Casteel is batting .417 (5-for-12) with one run scored, one double and four RBI.

  • Isotopes win third straight on...

    Six games into the young season and the Albuquerque Isotopes (4-2) already have three walk off wins, including two walk off home runs in as many days. Right fielder Tim Wheeler smashed a line drive home run over the right-center field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Isotopes a 6-5 win against the Tacoma Rainiers (2-4). It is their third-straight victory.
    DECIDING MOMENT: Back-to-back doubles by the Rainiers in the top of the ninth tied the game at five, but the Isotopes were all too familiar with the late inning heroics. Tim Wheeler stepped in the box to lead off the home half of the ninth and blasted a 1-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for the Isotopes’ second walk off in as many nights.
    HELL ON WHEELERS: Tim Wheeler mashed his first two home runs of the 2015 seasons Tuesday night, a two-run blast in the sixth and a solo shot in the ninth. He finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He is also the second-consecutive Albuquerque player to mash two homers in a game after Dustin Garneau’s two-homer performance Monday night.

  • Romero has perfect prediction in...

    Ted Romero had a perfect prediction in the weekly pace race held on the Waste Treatment Plant road in lower Bayo Canyon. His predicted time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds the 3-mile distance was also the fastest time. There were three runners that had a 4 second differential: David Kratzer, Laura McClellan and Linda Vance. Sanna Sevanto was 5 seconds off.
    In the 1-mile race, Maviela Saenz finished first in 10:18 while 6-year-old Billy Strother was the top male runner in 12:30.
    The fastest female on the 3-mile course was Roxana Candia recording a 23:15.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa by the horse stable area on the North end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.
     

  • LA tennis teams take third at...

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams each won a trio of matches en route to third-place finishes at Albuquerque Academy’s tournament over the weekend.
    “It was a good, good weekend,” Los Alamos boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “The guys did really well getting third.”
    The Hilltopper girls shut out Piedra Vista 9-0 and Bosque 9-0 to reach the semifinals.
    Albuquerque Academy beat Los Alamos 6-3 in the semis, but the Hilltopper girls came back strong and beat Belen 9-0 in the third-place match.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won three close matches to take third.
    The ’Toppers beat Piedra Vista 5-4 and Bosque 6-3 in the first and second rounds.
    In the semis, Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-1.
    The Hilltopper boys came back, however, and beat Santa Fe Prep 5-4 in the third-place match. Andrew Aboshousha got the final win against Santa Fe Prep to propel the ’Toppers to victory, capping a perfect 4-0 weekend for him in singles play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Katya Skurikhin and Annie Smith both won three singles matches at the Academy tournament while Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff, Laura Whicker, Lauren Fugate, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Astrid Hengartner all won two singles matches.

  • ’Toppers step up game in home...

    The Los Alamos golf teams took advantage of playing on their home course Monday. The Hilltopper boys combined to shoot a 337, Los Alamos’ best team score at a tournament in the last two years.
    “I’m proud of the boys for putting in the effort necessary to improve as individual players,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “As the kids improve individually, we are really seeing the sum of the improvements in lower team scores.”
    Los Alamos’ boys finished second as a team, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ 336. Las Vegas Robertson (336) finished third, Followed by Grants (370), Valencia (399), Belen (404), Española Valley (421) and Capital (469). Springer and Santa Fe High also competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Jonathan Osden led the charge for Los Alamos. Osden finished second with a 79, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ Dylan Gonzales.
    Isaac Suazo (85), Hunter Gustafson (86) and Nicholas Quarteri (87) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Los Alamos’ Sean Rau (85), Brandan Duran (91), Niccolo Snyder (95), Nick Koskelo (95) and Corey Evans (100) also played in the tournament as individuals.

  • Watching It Fly

    Los Alamos’ Johnny Osden keeps an eye on his ball during Monday’s Los Alamos Spring Invitational at the golf course. Osden finished second individually in the boys competition, shooting a 79.