LAHS softball drops thriller to Academy

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By Phil Scherer

In a back-and-forth battle between former district rivals, the Los Alamos High School softball team came up just short, losing 14-13 to Albuquerque Academy at Overlook Park. 

Trailing 14-11 in the bottom of the seventh and final inning, it appeared the Hilltoppers would go down quietly. The first two batters of the inning went down on a groundout and a strikeout, putting the Chargers one out from victory. 

Alicia Gonzales popped up to the second baseman on a play that looked like it would end the game, but none of the Academy fielders went for the ball and it dropped in, giving LAHS new life. 

Janessa Gonzales was hit by a pitch, and Claire Bluhm singled in Alicia Gonzales, cutting the lead to 14-12. 

Katie Wimer, the Hilltopper starting pitcher, lined a double into the left field gap, scoring Janessa Gonzales and advancing Bluhm, the potential game tying run to third base. 

The drama ended with the next batter, Maya McMillan, though. She popped the ball up to the pitcher, ending the game and allowing the Chargers to escape with a 14-13 victory. 

The craziness started much earlier, though. 

Academy struck for five runs in the top of the first inning, and LAHS immediately answered back with eight runs, giving the Hilltoppers an 8-5 lead. 

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