East Mountain High’s Tommy Morgan pitched a complete game and Logan Harlan helped fuel the offense with four RBIs as the Timberwolves rolled to a 9-1 victory over the Estancia Bears March 21 at the Vista Grande Complex in Sandia Park.
Under cold and windy conditions, Morgan cruised through seven innings, giving up four hits while striking out seven Bears batters.
“I felt good, very good, I like how our defense played,” Morgan said. Morgan also had two hits, including a double, and he scored a run.
East Mountain’s Colby McCall’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning drove in Garrett Hitchcock for the T’Wolves’ first run.
Following two walks and a pair of Estancia errors in the bottom of the fourth, Harlan’s 2-RBI base hit to right field capped a 4-run spurt to put the T’Wolves up 5-0.
Harlan’s 2-RBI base hit with two outs in the fifth capped another 4-run surge to increase East Mountain’s lead to 9-0.
McCall, Hitchcock, and Bodie Scranton each scored twice. William Merkey and Ross Amestoy also scored.
“I think this was probably a better all-around game in everything,” East Mountain head coach Dave Naylor said. “We got good pitching again from Tommy, and we had good hitting—a lot of balls put in play, a lot of balls hit hard on a cold day.”
Estancia got on the board in the top of the sixth when Drayton Oberg—who started on the mound for the Bears—drew a lead-off walk and then stole second base.
“It was pretty cold, but I thought we did pretty good,” Oberg said. “We gotta work on our hitting, but everything else is fine.”
Oberg pitched four innings. Jake Zamora pitched the fifth and the sixth.
Estancia head coach Hamilton Doyle said he thought the Bears played all right considering it was their first game.
“There were some jitters, a lot of switching people with positions, people playing for the first time,” Doyle said. “There’s some things we have to work on, but as the season goes on we’ll get better and better.”
East Mountain (3-3) plays three games at the Portales Tournament, March 29-30.
Estancia (0-1) hosts Santa Rosa April 2.
Ger has been writing and shooting photos of high school sports for The Independent for 15 years. His dedication to youth athletics goes beyond sports reporting. He is past president of East Mountain Little League and works as a baseball umpire. He lives in Edgewood with his family.