Late Season Rally Falls Short For ‘Topper Baseball

Jacob Rutten slides into third under the tag in the first inning. He went on to score the third run of the game. Photo by John McHale/


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Baseball team forced the NMAA baseball selection committee to take notice by flexing their muscles in a doubleheader sweep at Capital High School in Santa Fe.

The Toppers won the first game 27-2.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Topper Sophomore Arthur Steinkamp started the game striking out six of the first seven Jaguar batters before giving up four hits and a hit batter to let Capital get back within 6-4 in the third inning. Capital would run out of steam here as the Toppers took over the game using a barrage of singles to rattle a Jaguar team, who ended the game with only eight players and looked ready to conclude a disappointing season.

Capital finished the season with a 2-23 record and went winless in district 2-5A play.

The Toppers won the second game of the doubleheader 14-4 in six innings and end the regular season with an even 13-13 record, 8-4 in district. Los Alamos rallied to end the season, winning eight of their last 10 games, including a win at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque.

The Toppers outscored opponents 110-32 in that span, but it wasn’t enough to propel Los Alamos into the state playoffs.

The catcher, Rico Zerr, had to go to the fence to catch this popup for the first out in the third inning. Photo by John McHale/

Arthur Steinkamp was the leadoff pitcher for game two, which the ‘Toppers won 14-4. Photo by John McHale/

Travis Gonzales slides into third ahead of the tag after hitting a triple and driving in two run in the seventh inning. Photo by John McHale/