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LAHS rolls to win over Santa Fe in home opener

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By Phil Scherer

Behind a strong pitching effort and a balanced offense, the Los Alamos High School baseball team won its home opener 5-0 against Santa Fe High School Wednesday night.

Starting his second game of the season, junior Arthur Steinkamp dominated on the mound. Early on, it was evident that he had command of the strike zone, and had the Demons’ lineup completely fooled.

In five innings of shutout ball on the mound, Steinkamp allowed just two hits and struck out six batters, walking just one. Only one batter reached third base for the Demons in the game.

Luke Kirkland pitched the final two innings of the game for the Hilltoppers. He worked around a pair of walks to keep Santa Fe scoreless, and struck out one batter to secure the victory.

At the plate, the Hilltoppers struck early and kept the pressure on throughout the afternoon.

In the first inning, Hunter Swavely got things started with a triple down the left field line, exciting the crowd gathered at Bomber Field.

He scored when the next batter, James Neal, lined a single into left field.

After advancing on an error, Neal scored when Vincent Marciano followed with a single of his own, giving the Hilltoppers a 2-0 lead.

LAHS got right back to work in the second inning, as Walker Eaton, Steinkamp and Swavely connected on three consecutive singles, scoring two more runs to give LAHS a 4-0 lead. The second run of the inning scored on an RBI groundout by Neal.

The Hilltoppers scored again in the fourth inning, as Swavely lined his third hit of the game into the outfield, and scored two batters later, as Marciano reached on an error by the Santa Fe pitcher.

Though LAHS did not score in the final two innings, the team continued to be patient at the plate, drawing four walks and taking extra bases whenever possible on wild pitches and stolen bases.

Swavely reached base all four times he stepped up to the plate, going 3-3 with a triple and two singles, and walking once. He also scored twice, picked up an RBI and stole a base.

Neal also had a strong game, going 1-2 with a pair of RBI’s and drawing two walks.

The win improves LAHS’ record to 2-2, following a fourth place finish in last week’s tournament at St. Pius X.

The Hilltoppers will get back to action Monday afternoon against Sandia Prep with a doubleheader at Bomber Field beginning at 3 p.m.