The Los Alamos baseball team will look to get plenty of pitchers on the mound in 2017.
The Hilltoppers (1-1) used seven pitchers in their season-opening doubleheader against Sandia Prep Saturday in Albuquerque. In the first game, Los Alamos sent four different pitchers on the mound as it dropped a 4-2 decision. In the second game, the Hilltoppers used three pitchers to claim a 21-7 win and earn a series split against the Sundevils.
“We want to have at least nine pitchers with double digit innings before the district season,” Los Alamos coach Bryan Neal said. “In order to do that, we’re going to rotate guys in and get everyone developed.”
Antonio Gonzales got the start in the opener and pitched 2 1/2 scoreless innings. Jake Rutten replaced Gonzales in the third inning and his back-to-back balks put Sandia Prep’s Zech Vick on third base. Rutten threw a wild pitch that sent Vick to home and gave the Sundevils a 1-0 lead.
The Hilltoppers responded in the following inning when Travis Gonzales’ 2-RBI triple scored Nick Quartieri from second and Cottrell Fox from first to give Los Alamos a 2-1 lead.