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Third baseman Jacob Rutten attempts to get back to first base. Rutten was called out but the Hilltoppers won the contest 7 to 4 against Los Lunas at Bomber Field.
’Topper softball, baseball pick up big wins

Los Alamos’ softball team used the long ball to its full advantage Tuesday afternoon in a road victory over the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes.
The Hilltoppers blasted three home runs in the game, the big blow a three-run shot to straightaway center field by Alicia Gonzales.
Gonzales’ fifth-inning blast broke open a tight ballgame, putting the Hilltoppers up 7-3 at the time. Relief pitcher Reyna Lucero closed out the game after the Hilltoppers came up with two more runs to win it 9-3 at Chris Peterson Memorial Field.
Los Alamos is off to a hot start this season, particularly at the plate, ahead of a big road doubleheader today against Class 5A Belen. Los Alamos’ offense has produced 58 runs in six games this season.
Pojoaque Valley’s Elkettes (0-4) actually drew first blood in the game, scoring twice in the bottom of the first, but Los Alamos answered right back with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Los Alamos took the lead for good with another pair of runs in the third, those coming on its first homer of the game, that provided by Megan Romero.
Claire Bluhm also hit a solo home run late in the game for Los Alamos (5-1) on Tuesday.

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