LAHS softball sweeps doubleheader against Capital

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos High School softball team made Robbie Harris’ debut as head coach one to remember, as the Hilltoppers swept a doubleheader from Capital in dramatic fashion, 17-7 and 12-11.

Harris has been a club softball coach in Los Alamos for several years, and took many of the girls on this year’s high school team to a regional tournament in Louisiana two summers ago. He has also been an assistant to former head coach Randy Burditt for several years, coaching first base. 

As head coach, he moved over to coach third base this year, and his players made sure he was active over there in his debut, as the team scored 29 runs across the doubleheader. 

In the first game of the day, LAHS fell behind 5-0 going into the bottom of the third inning, but quickly caught up. 

LAHS junior Katie Wimer got the scoring started for the Hilltoppers with a two-run home run in the third inning, and the offense took off from there. 

The Hilltoppers scored 6 runs in the third inning and added another 7 runs in the fourth inning. Part of the fourth inning explosion included another home run from Wimer, who drove in 5 runs in the game. 

In the fifth inning, Capital struck for three runs to cut the Hilltopper lead to 13-7, but LAHS answered right back. 

The Hilltoppers struck for 4 more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, ending the game by the mercy rule, 17-7. 

The second game proved to be much more of a challenge for the Hilltoppers, as Capital struck for 8 runs in the first inning. 

LAHS never gave up, though, and slowly clawed back into the game thanks to its explosive offensive attack. 

The Hilltoppers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, and struck for three more runs in the third inning. 

Trailing 9-6 in the fourth inning, the Hilltoppers had another obstacle to overcome, as Capital scored another two runs to go up 11-6. 

LAHS got those runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning, and tied the score 11-11 in the bottom of the sixth inning. 

Wimer, who pitched the complete second game for the Hilltoppers, got through a tight jam in the seventh inning, stranding the bases loaded with one out. She got a strikeout and a popout to end the threat. 

In the bottom of the seventh inning, LAHS completed the comeback. With runners on first and second base with two outs, Claire Bluhm struck a single up the middle, scoring the game-winning run and LAHS won 12-11. 

The Hilltoppers are 2-0 to begin the season and will get back to action this week at the St. Pius Tournament, which runs Thursday-Saturday. The team will return home to Overlook Park later this month, hosting Albuquerque Academy March 26.