The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team dropped a road contest to a tough opponent Tuesday afternoon.
Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-3. The Chargers jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings and added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put it away.
The Hilltoppers (3-4), who were coming off a successful tournament at St. Pius X, winning two of three contests there and taking the host Sartans to the brink in the other game last weekend, were shut out for five straight innings before getting a couple of runs across in their last at-bat.
There won’t be much turnaround time for the Hilltoppers, either. They will host their one and only home game in the month of March today when they play Hope Christian, a solid Class 3A school.
Academy, which is usually a stout competitor in Class 4A, has gotten its season off to a good start. The Chargers (3-0) topped Aztec and Valley last week and have outscored their three opponents by a combined 27-7.
For the Chargers, sophomore Seth Jones went 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs. On the mound, Joe Sava threw six innings and gave up just four hits while striking out nine Hilltopper batters.