Hilltoppers split pair of games with Academy

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By Phil Scherer

Looking to continue its strong start to District 2-5A play, the Los Alamos High School softball team played a doubleheader Saturday against Albuquerque Academy, losing the first game 8-7 and winning game two 10-8.

The Hilltoppers had plenty of momentum going into the doubleheader, winning two games in a row, including the district opener against Del Norte 20-0 last week. 

With senior Reyna Lucero on the mound for LAHS, things appeared to go smooth early on. Lucero allowed only 1 run through the first three innings as the Hilltoppers jumped on top 3-1. 

However, things began to unravel in the fourth inning, as Lucero allowed 6 runs to score, putting Academy in front 7-3 midway through the game. 

LAHS fought all the way back, though, picking up 2 runs in the fifth inning and another 2 runs in the seventh inning, tying the score 7-7 heading into the bottom of the seventh. 

The Hilltoppers could not complete the comeback, however, as Academy scored 1 run in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn an 8-7 victory. 

Katie Wimer was an offensive star in the loss for the Hilltoppers, going 3-4 with a pair of RBI’s and scoring 2 runs with a home run and a pair of doubles. Claire Bluhm was also a standout, picking up 2 RBI with a base hit. Also picking up RBI’s were Megan Romero, Alicia Gonzales and Terri Jaramillo, who all had two hits in the game. 

In the loss, Lucero pitched a complete game, striking out three batters and giving up nine hits while throwing 91 pitches. 

LAHS’ offense came alive in the second game of the doubleheader, striking for 2 runs in the first inning and another 3 runs in the second inning to take an early 5-1 lead. 

Wimer pitched the second game for LAHS, and appeared to be in control. 

Through the first five innings, she gave up just 3 runs as the Hilltoppers held a 9-3 lead. 

After both teams picked up a run in the sixth inning, LAHS was able to hold on for the win in the seventh inning despite Academy scoring 4 runs, making the final score 10-8 Hilltoppers. 

Lauren Harris, Jaramillo, Janessa Gonzales and Wimer all picked up doubles, and Romero had a triple. 

Alicia Gonzales scored 3 runs in the game and picked up a pair of hits, while Harris drove in 3 runs. 

On the mound, Wimer threw a complete game, striking out seven batters while walking six batters. She gave up nine hits. 

For Academy, Alix Hamon pitched both games of the doubleheader, totaling 14 innings of work. She also went 4-4 at the plate in the second game, driving in three runs and scoring twice. 

With the doubleheader split, the Hilltoppers are now 8-7 this season overall, and 2-1 in District 2-5A. 

LAHS will return to action Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at Overlook Park against Española Valley High School beginning at 11 a.m. 

The Sundevils are 3-10 overall this season, and 1-0 in District 2-5A, defeating Academy 9-7 to open district play.