Hilltopper Girls Softball Season Starts Strong

Pitcher Savana Luster winds up for a pitch during Saturday’s game in Albuquerque. She did an outstanding job of holding the Sartans scoreless for six innings. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com​

Terri Jaramillo attempts to put the tag on a St. Pius Sartan in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Jayde Tucker celebrates victory as the final out walks from the plate. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


The Los Alamos Hilltoppers Softball Team opened its season in grand fashion Saturday by sweeping the St. Pius Sartans in a double header played in Albuquerque.

In the first game, the ‘Toppers scored 10-0 and the game was shortened by the mercy rule in the sixth inning. In second game, the ‘Toppers came out flat, and it took until the seventh inning for the team to find its pace and pull ahead to win the game 8-1.

The game turned in the seventh inning when Shelby Milligan hit a stand-up double to right field, which seemed to spark the rest of the team back to life. At that point in the game, the ‘Toppers were looking at the top of the seventh inning with two outs, the score was 0-0. They were able to put eight runs on the board before the final out, and the Sartans managed to score one run before the game ended with a score of 8-1.

Jannessa Gonzales slides safely under the tag. Her double drove in two runs. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com 

Claire Bluhm safely slides into an empty glove in the fourth inning. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Shelby Milligan stands on second base after hitting the stand-up that sparked the team back to life. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

First baseman Claire Bluhm crushes the ball in the second inning for a double. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com