Softball: LA routs Capital at home

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team put 10 runs on the board in the second and third innings Wednesday to crush the visiting Capital Jaguars.

Los Alamos pounded out 11 hits in Wednesday’s game at Overlook Park as it thumped Capital 14-2 in five innings of the District 2AAAA contest.

The win kept the Hilltoppers undefeated in district play and kept them on pace with the district-leading Española Valley Sundevils, whom they face in a critical doubleheader this afternoon.

Today’s first game is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the second game to follow at approximately 5 p.m.

Los Alamos first-year manager Roger Anaya said his team is heading to the valley at just the right time for this twinbill, which could go a long way to determining the 2AAAA champion this season.

“(Wednesday’s) game was very good for us,” Anaya said. “We hadn’t played in a week and the girls hit the ball very well. It was probably our best offensive performance of the year.”

Anaya thought the game might be a good one for the Hilltoppers (7-8 overall, 3-0 in district) when the second batter in the bottom of the first, Ashley Valdez, belted a triple. She was brought around by Stephanie Abney’s RBI grounder to give Los Alamos a quick 1-0 lead.

Micaela Christensen, who had one of Los Alamos’ three triples in the game, came through with a RBI base hit in the bottom of the second to drive in Brianna Radosevich, sparking a 6-run inning for the Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers would come back with four runs in the bottom of the third, answering Capital’s pair of runs scored in the top of the third.

Stephanie Abney took the victory on the slab Wednesday, throwing four innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out three. Monika Teter threw the fifth inning, striking out the side to close out the contest.

Los Alamos has wins over Taos and Bernalillo as well as Capital and would be in very good position if it can pick up a pair of victories today. The same can be said, however, of Española Valley (9-6 overall), which has scored 19 runs or more in three of its four district victories.

After getting off to a slow start this season, the Sundevils have won five of their last six contests.

The two teams met last season for an important doubleheader at Española Valley with the Sundevils routing the Hilltoppers in both games.

What happened last season, however, isn’t of concern to the Hilltoppers.

“Our goal is to go 5-0,” Anaya said. “Once we go 5-0, the rest of the district will have to catch us. But it will be tough.”