Hilltopper Baseball Falls To Hope Christian Huskies

The Hilltopper baseball team played the second home game of the new season Thursday at Bomber Field on North Mesa. This time they played the Hope Christian Huskies, a premier class 4a team from Albuquerque.  For the first five innings the teams played more or less even until the Huskies hit a two-run home run. That opened a gap that the Toppers were unable to close and lost the contest 1-5. Jacob Rutten was the lead off pitcher. He had nine strikeouts before being relieved at the end of the fifth inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Vincent Marciano was tagged out at home plate in the second inning ending the Toppers hope for a run. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Arthur Steinkamp makes the catch from the shortstop James Neil to complete the play with an out. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

James Neal tries to tag the huskie runner, but the throw was late. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Catcher Luke Kirkland makes difficult catch at home plate in the second inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Shortstop James Neal scoops up a hot grounder in the fifth inning and made the thrown to first base in time for the out. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

In a disputed call at third, Arthur Steinkamp was clearly safe, but the Umpire called him out. Coach Bryan Neal protested the call, which resulted in his expulsion from the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Hunter Swavely gathers in a long fly in deep center field in the sixth inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The throw from deep left field was wide and catcher Luke Kirkland had no chance for a play at home plate in the seventh inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

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