SANTA FE – It was an unexpected game with an unexpectedly lopsided outcome.
Los Alamos’ baseball team took on the Santa Fe Demons in a big District 2-4A contest Wednesday night.
But while Los Alamos was on a mission Wednesday, a similar mission statement seemed to be lacking from the Demons.
Los Alamos scored at least two runs in each of its five at-bats at Clyde Faucett Field, including a six-run top of the fifth to put the game away as it handled Santa Fe in a romp, 18-4.
Hilltopper Jake Downs had the biggest game of his career in the win, that kept Los Alamos a perfect 9-0 in district play. Downs not only started and won the game on the hill, he went 4-for-5 at the plate with two triples, a double and drove in a whopping six runs.
Downs missed hitting for the cycle by about six feet – his second triple made it all the way to the warning track in deep left-center, the second deepest spot in the ballpark.
“I was relaxed and I was seeing the ball,” Downs said of his big day at the plate. “Just relaxing and I stayed loose up there and I was just hitting the ball hard.”
With its win, the Hilltoppers remain in full control of the 2-4A standings heading into their most important contests of the season, a doubleheader Saturday at home against the Española Valley.