LAHS softball keeps win streak alive

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By Phil Scherer

In Major League Baseball, the talk of the world is about Shohei Otani, the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way star that is dominating on the mound and at the plate in his first season in America. Locally, it turns out Los Alamos High School has a two-way threat of its own on the softball team. Katie Wimer, a sophomore, continued her outstanding season Wednesday afternoon against Albuquerque Academy, picking up a win on the mound with a complete game, and driving in 7 runs at the plate in a 15-5 victory. 

This season, Wimer has pitched 30.1 innings on the mound, collecting a record of 4-1 while striking out 27 batters. At the plate, she has been even more impressive, batting .492 while driving in 35 RBI’s and knocking three home runs out of the park. 

In an important district game against the Chargers, the Hilltoppers needed every part of Wimer’s game to pull out the victory. 

After the pitchers dominated for the first two innings of Wednesday’s game, posting clean innings, Academy took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. 

That’s when the LAHS offense woke up and returned to the form that it has shown throughout district play. 

The Hilltoppers struck for 5 runs in the inning, getting extra base hits from Jayde Tucker, Jordan Jaramillo and Janessa Gonzales to take a 5-1 lead. 

After Wimer held the Chargers scoreless in the fourth inning, LAHS once again struck for 5 runs, taking a commanding 10-1 lead. 

Though the Chargers struck for 4 runs in the top of the fifth inning, the Hilltoppers were able to end the game with the mercy rule in the bottom half of the inning, again striking for 5 runs and winning 15-5. 

LAHS has now scored double-digit runs in eight straight games, winning every one. 

The Hilltoppers have had the best offense in District 2-5A, scoring 136 runs in district play. No other team has scored more than 85 runs in district games to this point. Overall this season, LAHS has scored 262 runs, also best in the district by more than 60 runs. 

Wimer’s 7 RBI’s were a team-high Wednesday. Also having strong offensive games were Lauren Harris, who picked up three hits and drove in 2 runs and Gonzales and Jaramillo, who drove in 2 runs apiece as well. 

The Hilltoppers will have a week off before returning to the field on the road Wednesday to face Española Valley. 

The Sundevils are 5-16 this season overall, and 3-4 in District 2-5A. Following that game, LAHS will finish the regular season with a doubleheader April 28 against Capital.