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LAHS takes down Moriarty to extend win streak to 6 games

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By Phil Scherer

Over the past two weeks, few baseball teams in New Mexico have been as impressive as the Los Alamos High School baseball team. Since March 22, the Hilltoppers have gone 6-0. Those wins included a perfect performance at the Portales Baseball Tournament, and an extra inning victory on the road in the team’s district opener against Moriarty. 

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The impressive winning streak began for the Hilltoppers in the second game of the Artesia High School Tournament. After falling against Santa Teresa 4-0 in the first game, the Hilltoppers easily defeated Moriarty 10-2 in the second game and dominated Lovington 11-4 in the final game. 

The team continued its dominant run at the Portales Baseball Tournament the following weekend, taking down Robertson 3-0 behind a dominant pitching performance by Antonio Gonzales in the first round. In the second round, LAHS took down Ruidoso 15-4, setting up a matchup with the host school, Portales, in the final round. 

In that game, LAHS took control early and never gave it up, easily defeating Portales 11-1 to claim the tournament championship. 

Tuesday, in the first game of district play, LAHS again took on the Pintos, the team that got the win streak started. The rematch was a completely different game, though. 

Moriarty quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, as LAHS pitcher Grant Watkins struggled in the early going. 

The Hilltoppers battled back, though, tying the score thanks to a run in the second inning and two more in the third inning, making the score 3-3. 

That’s where it stood for the next two innings, until Moriarty grabbed the lead back with a run in the fifth inning, going up 4-3. 

It appeared that would be the final score, but the Hilltoppers had another response. LAHS scored the game-tying run in the top of the seventh inning, sending the game to extra innings. 

The game remained tied for the next two innings until the Hilltoppers grabbed their first lead of the game in the top of the 10th inning, 5-4. 

Freshman Taylor Drake, on the mound in relief of Watkins, held the Pintos scoreless through extra innings and earned the win, extending the Hilltopper win streak to six games. 

LAHS, now 9-5 overall and 1-0 in district play, will return to action 4 p.m. Tuesday with a game at Bomber Field against Española Valley. The Sundevils are 0-5 overall this year, and dropped the district opener 4-3 against Pojoaque Valley.