Softball: Toppers crush Jaguars, improve to 5-0 in district

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team scored 11 runs in the second inning en route to a dismantling of District 2AAAA opponent Capital Wednesday.

The Hilltoppers put together three big innings of the four innings played during Wednesday's mercy-rule shortened game. They scored three times to open the contest and six more in the fourth inning as they routed the Jaguars 20-1.

"It was nice to have a game like that after a long week," Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. Los Alamos went into the game following three intense district contests against Bernalillo and Española Valley, all home wins for the Hilltoppers.

The Jaguars (1-15 overall, 0-5 in 2AAAA) gave the Hilltoppers a chance to sprinkle in some of their reserves Wednesday and many of them came through, including Shannon Krause, who went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.

Anaya said Capital threw pitchers who mainly offered off-speed pitches, but Los Alamos, which has seen mostly fireballers this season, was able to make the adjustments and get the hits they needed.

Third baseman Monika Teter came through with a two-run hit in the first inning. Rachel Anaya and Micaela Christensen both had big hits in the second and Shelby Courtright and Kristina Radosevich both drove in runs in the fourth.

On the slab, Stephanie Abney threw a complete game, giving up just three hits and three walks while striking out seven batters for Los Alamos (10-7 overall, 5-0 in 2AAAA).

The victory Wednesday was the team's seventh in a row. It has scored at least 10 runs in all seven of those games.

Teter was 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBI, while Anaya drove in two runs with her 2-for-3 performance.