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  • LA softball has win streak...

    The Los Alamos softball team had its five-game win streak snapped Wednesday by the District 2-5A champs, Bernalillo.
    The Spartans stayed perfect in the district, improving to 10-0 in 2-5A and 20-4 overall, with a 5-0 win against the ’Toppers (6-4, 11-13).
    “Overall it was a well played game,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We definitely played better than the first time we played them.”
    It was certainly closer that their previous games.
    The first time Los Alamos played Bernalillo, the Spartans hit eight home runs in a doubleheader.
    Jordan Hammock kept Bernalillo’s bats a lot quieter Wednesday, only giving up one extra-base hit and no home runs. “They had to earn every run,” Anaya said.
    Hammock pitched all seven innings, giving up 11 hits, five runs — three of which were earned — while striking out five and walking three. “She threw a great game,” Anaya said.
    Bernalillo’s pitcher, Isabella Navarro, was also impressive. She struck out 12 ’Toppers in the game.
    “Their pitcher is very tough,” Anaya said. “She has the best rise ball we’ve seen.”

  • ’Toppers beat down Bernalillo in...

    In its home regular season finale, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was playing about as sharp as it had all season.
    That was great news for the Hilltoppers, but not so much for their opponents.
    As sharp as Los Alamos was Wednesday at Bomber Field, the Bernalillo Spartans were flat. That led to a big 14-0 rout in favor of the Hilltoppers, a game that wrapped up in the minimum 4-1/2 innings.
    Starting pitcher Lane Saunders was spot-on. He threw five innings of hitless ball, allowing just two walks, one in the second and one in the third innings, neither of which became a scoring threat.
    The left-handed Saunders was in full command, striking out three and facing more than the minimum number of batters just once — he picked off Isaac Gutierrez, one of the hitters he walked, by a country mile to end the third inning — and only a handful of Spartans were able to make solid contact with him all day.
    With Wednesday’s victory, the Hilltoppers now move within one game of clinching their seventh consecutive District 2-5A title. They can do so with a victory in either of their two games Saturday at Del Norte, a team that has struggled for much of the season.

  • 51s drop Isotopes with walk off

    For the second time during the opening road trip of the season, the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-11) fell victim to a walk off victory. The Las Vegas 51s (12-8) claimed a 6-5 win after a two-run ninth inning at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev, Tuesday afternoon.
    Deciding Moment:
    The Isotopes jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the second inning after back-to-back home runs from Angelys Nina and Tim Smalling.
    Dustin Garneau singled to get the offense started before Tim Wheeler drew a walk. Nina lined a 1-1 pitch over the center field wall, and Smalling followed with a solo shot of his own.
    The 51s chipped away to cut the ’Topes lead to 5-4 in the seventh.
    After escaping a bases loaded, no one out jam in the bottom of the eighth, Albuquerque needed just three outs to take the final game of the series. Las Vegas had other ideas as Johnny Monell led off the ninth with a double. Following back-to-back outs, a walk put runners on the corners with two down. Wilfredo Tovar then doubled in both runs to give the 51s the walk-off win.
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  • Kratzer has the top prediction...

    David Kratzer was only three seconds off his predicted time in this week’s pace race held on American Springs Road up in the Jemez.
    Other accurate predictors included Nikol Strother, who was just eight seconds off, Lyle Cunningham had a 10-second differential, 5-year-old Anders Medin was 24 seconds off and Lauraine Maness was off by 25 seconds.
    On the one-mile course, the top finisher was Tad Hughes, clocking in at 9 minutes, 5 seconds. Sue Elkins was the fastest female, finishing in 13:19.
    Ted Romero finished the three-mile course first in 21:33. The top female finisher, Strother, finished just two seconds behind him.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be at 6 p.m. in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.
    Pajarito Acres is on Acoma Lane, which is off South Monte Rey Drive and Potrillo Drive. One and 2.8-mile paved courses will be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com.
     

  • Lockhart breaks triple jump...

    Liz Lockhart is now a Los Alamos record holder.
    Lockhart jumped 36 feet, 4 inches in the triple jump to break Christina Gonzales’ record that had stood since 2000.
    Her jump was almost two feet longer than her previous state-qualifying mark and was second best performance in a stacked field at the Harper Invitational.
    Twenty-three teams competed in the meet, including most of Class 6A’s powerhouses.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls teams both made statements with high finishes. The Hilltopper boys finished fourth as a team, placing ahead of Cleveland for the first time ever in a track meet.
    “What an amazing meet,” Los Alamos boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    “We did very well as a team, finishing behind the usual 6A powerhouses,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said. Anderson thought the Hilltopper girls finished fourth as well, but hadn’t seen the final team scores.
    With so many tough teams and athletes, a few ’Toppers hit state-qualifying marks in events they placed outside of the top-six in.
    Greg Ahlers had Los Alamos’ only first-place finish in the meet.

  • 51s take doubleheader from...

    The Las Vegas 51s (10-9) took a doubleheader from the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-10) Monday night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev. The 51s won game one 8-0 and snuck by in game two with a 3-2 victory.

    DECIDING FACTOR, GAME ONE: New York Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard started for Las Vegas and had no trouble navigating the Isotopes lineup. The right-hander tossed a complete game, facing just one batter over the minimum. He surrendered only two hits, both to Cristhian Adames. Syndergaard retired 18 straight batters between Adames’ two hits.

    DECIDING FACTOR, GAME TWO: The 51s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game with a pair of runs in the second inning. Albuquerque answered with a two-out, two-RBI double from Kyle Parker to tie the game in the third. The two teams held each other in check until a leadoff home run by Las Vegas’ Alex Castellanos in the sixth to put the game away.

  • Los Alamos sweeps Sundevils

    The Los Alamos softball team only needed to win one of Saturday’s games to stay ahead of Española Valley in the District 2-5A standings.
    The ’Toppers took some hot bats into the game, however, and dominated both contests — winning 11-1 and then 13-3.
    “We just hit the ball really well,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “Getting two wins puts us in a really good spot for districts.”
    A nine-run second inning put Los Alamos comfortable ahead in the first game.
    Hannah Mojica started the inning by pulling a double over third base, the first of five Los Alamos doubles in the inning. Taylor Jaramillo brought Mojica home, smashing a ground-rule double over the center field fence. Taylor Collins hit a RBI single to score Jaramillo.
    Los Alamos scored its next seven runs with two outs.
    Shelby Chavez hit a RBI double. Makaela Jones and Jordan Jaramillo hit RBI singles. Mojica then hit another double to bring home a run and then Taylor Jaramillo hit her second ground-rule double of the inning to score Mojica again.
    After all of the doubles, Española Valley’s outfielders started playing deep and Chavez hit a bloop single to bring home another run.

  • LA back on top of district after...

    The Los Alamos baseball team is back on top of the District 2-5A standings after some late-inning heroics Saturday against Española Valley.
    The ’Toppers needed to win both games to take over the spot since they lost in Española to the Sundevils earlier in the season.
    Both games were tight and tense throughout, but Los Alamos won the first contest 3-0 and then rallied late to win the second game 6-5 in extra innings.
    “That was a blast,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “This is what we’ve been working on since the Española loss — the mental (part of the game), not the physical. We just held in there and got the job done.”
    Jared Mang pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, which put all of the chips on the table for the second game.
    As soon as a team took the lead in the second contest, the other team would make it disappear.
    Los Alamos led 2-0 after two innings. Zealand Waltersheid singled, stole second and scored on a Kyle Hutton single. Lane Saunders then brought Hutton home with a single. Española’ Valley’s second baseman, however, made a diving stop and turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
    An Española Valley triple and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half in the third.

  • 'Toppers baseball and...

    Los Alamos' baseball and softball teams each won a pair of games against District 2-5A rival Española Valley Saturday.

    While the Hilltopper girls beat Española twice by the mercy rule, 11-1 and 13-3, both baseball games were tight and tense throughout.

    Los Alamos won the first baseball game 3-0 and the second game 6-5 in extra innings.

    "That was a blast," Los Alamos head baseball coach Mike Gill said.
    "We just held in there and got the job done."

    After winning the first game, Los Alamos struck first in the second game with a two-run second inning.

    Española cut the lead in half in the third and then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

    Los Alamos responded by taking the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, but Española rallied again in the sixth to take the lead once again, 5-4.

    Down to its final out in the seventh, Zealand Waltersheid hit an RBI single, scoring Jarrett Genero and sending the game into extra innings.

  • On Schedule 4-26-15

    Tuesday
    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, junior varsity, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Friday
    Track: Los Alamos at home quad, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Sandia at Los Alamos, varsity, 5:30 p.m.

    Baseball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos at Cibola, varsity, 4:30 p.m.