LA softball opens season at St. Pius

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos softball team will begin its 2017 campaign Saturday.
The Hilltoppers will face St. Pius in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Albuquerque.
Los Alamos will have to replace 10 players from last year’s team by relying on upperclassmen that garnered varsity experience in the past two seasons. Among those returners are standout juniors Jordan Jaramillo and Jayde Tucker.
Seniors Taylor Collins and Mariah Mauro will also provide experience for a Hilltoppers team that’s sporting four freshmen on its 2017 roster.
Getting off to strong start is key for Los Alamos, which started last year’s season losing four of its first five games.
The Sartans return the majority of its 2016 squad that struggled and went 6-20.
Los Alamos will look to win its third straight game against St. Pius.

Season overview

If the Hilltoppers can have success in the openers against St. Pius, it can give them some momentum going into a tumultuous schedule.
After competing in a three-day tournament from March 9-11, Los Alamos will have three consecutive road games, at Pojoaque Valley, and at Belen (doubleheader), before competing in the three-day Kristen Griego Invitational in Rio Rancho.
Los Alamos begins District 2-5A play March 29 at Del Norte and will continue by hosting Albuquerque Academy in a doubleheader April 1. The Hilltoppers will host Española Valley April 26 and Capital April 12.