Hilltoppers dominate Moriarty in district opener

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By Phil Scherer

Following an up-and-down non-district season, the Los Alamos High School softball team got the district season started with an impressive 18-3 win over Moriarty on the road. 


Junior Katie Wimer did the most damage for the Hilltoppers, going 4-4 including a grand slam in the fourth inning that allowed LAHS to win by the mercy rule. In addition to her grand slam, Wimer also hit a pair of doubles and a single, picking up 5 RBI. 

Wimer has emerged as one of the top hitters in New Mexico. Following Tuesday’s performance, Wimer is batting .658 this season with three home runs and 23 RBI. She has also scored 16 times. Overall, she has only been retired 13 times in 44 trips to the plate. 

Against the Pintos, LAHS went up 4-0 after the first inning thanks to RBI hits from Claire Bluhm and Maya McMillan, as the Hilltoppers batted around in the opening frame. 

The team picked up two more runs in the second inning and could have had more, but the ball didn’t bounce in their favor. 

With the bases loaded and two outs, Halle Warwick hit a sharp line drive to the right side of the infield. 

As Savana Luster, the runner at first base, tried to move out of the way of the ball on its way into right field, the ball hit her leg. It resulted in Luster being the third out of the inning, ending the Hilltopper threat. 

LAHS made up for it in the following inning, though. After Moriarty scored a run to get on the scoreboard, the Hilltoppers started the hit parade once again. 

Megan Romero reached on an error, Janessa Gonzales followed with a single and Wimer also singled, setting up a bases loaded situation. 

Alicia Gonzales, one of the Hilltoppers’ top offensive threats, came off the bench and delivered a bases-clearing double that went all the way to the wall. 

A single by McMillan and a triple by Luster drove in two more runs, putting the Hilltoppers up 11-1. 

Luster retired the Pintos in order in the bottom of the third, and the Hilltopper offense exploded again. The first five batters of the inning reached base, the last of which was Wimer’s grand slam. 

Two more runs scored after that point, giving LAHS an 18-1 lead. 

Though Moriarty scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning, it was not enough to avoid falling by the mercy rule, as the Pintos trailed by 15 runs, 18-3, after four innings, ending the game. 

The win gives the Hilltoppers an overall record of 8-7, and 1-0 in district play. On Tuesday, the Hilltoppers will take on Española Valley in White Rock. The game begins at 4 p.m. The Sundevils are 7-6 this season overall, but lost the district opener 11-6 to Pojoaque Valley.