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Hilltoppers take down Moriarty

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By Phil Scherer

 After struggling at times early in the season, the offense of the Los Alamos High School softball team has come to life in recent weeks, and it is leading to wins. 

That continued Tuesday on the road against Moriarty High School, as the Hilltoppers struck for 20 runs in a 20-5 victory. 

The offensive explosion included 16 hits and four walks, and four Hilltoppers also reached base on errors on defense by the Pintos. 

LAHS struck for 2 runs in the first inning to get going, and then 8 runs in the second and 9 more runs in the third inning to put the game away. The Hilltoppers added 1 more run in the fourth inning to get to 20 runs for the game, ending the game via the mercy rule after four innings of play. 

On the mound, Savana Luster had a good outing for the Hilltoppers, giving up 5 runs on eight hits and striking out five batters. 

After giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning and 2 more runs in the second inning, she settled down, keeping Moriarty scoreless for the final two innings.

At the plate, Alicia Gonzales had a great game, going 4-4 and driving in three runs. She hit a home run and added a pair of triples to go with a single. She also scored every time she reached base. 

In 16 games this season, Gonzales is batting .600 with 27 hits and 15 RBI’s. 

Also having a strong game was Jordan Jaramillo, who went 2-4 at the plate and drove in 4 RBI’s. Both of Jaramillo’s hits were doubles. She also scored a pair of runs. 

Janessa Gonzales drove in 3 runs with a pair of hits and also scored three times. One of her hits was a triple. 

LAHS will get back to action Saturday at home with a doubleheader against Española Valley High School beginning at 11 a.m. The Sundevils have been outscored 145-60 so far this season, but are currently 1-0 in District 2-5A play.  

The Sundevils proved to be a challenge for the Hilltoppers last year, giving LAHS its only district loss of the season. In the other two matchups between the teams, it took extra innings for the Hilltoppers to win in one game, and the other ended with a 10-9 final score.