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John McHale
Hilltopper Makaela Jones slaps a ball down the third baseline during a game last week at Española Valley. Los Alamos has won four District 2-4A games in a row, but now are starting the second half of the district season. The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans in a key doubleheader Saturday on the road. They will need to sweep the two games to earn the tiebreaker over the Spartans, who won the first meeting between the two April 2 in White Rock.
LA has big doubleheader with Spartans

It was a feast day for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team when it took on the Capital Jaguars last weekend.
But the team will have to hope that isn’t followed up by a famine.
It’s hard to say how much offense the Hilltoppers will have to muster heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against the Bernalillo Spartans.
However, one thing is certain: they will need more than they got in their first go-round.
Los Alamos was held to just four hits and had 14 batters strike out — at least two fanned in six of the seven innings — as it dropped its District 2-4A opener to Bernalillo 1-0 April 2.
The second and third games are scheduled for Saturday in Bernalillo. And in those two games Los Alamos is sure to get a big dose of Demi Madalena.
Madalena, last season’s District 2-4A Player of the Year and on the short list to repeat that title, is Bernalillo’s ace pitcher and has given Los Alamos’ hitters fits since joining the Spartans last season.
Along with being a big challenge for the Hilltoppers in their attempt to knock the Spartans off their perch atop the district standings, there is plenty more at stake in what’s become a crowded field near the top of 2-4A.

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