With an 11-1 home win over Hope Christian on May 29 and a 15-3 victory three days later over the visiting Dexter Demons, the East Mountain Timberwolves have strung together three consecutive mercy-rule victories.
East Mountain mercy-ruled the Tucumcari Rattlers on May 25.
The T’Wolves had two offensive surges in their dismantling of district rival Dexter, scoring six runs in the second inning followed by a nine-run third.
Cooper Davis’s two-RBI double started the second inning spurt. Ross Amestoy added an RBI single and then scored when Deshawn Torrez-Griego hit a high drive over Dexter’s center fielder. Torrez-Griego was heading for third base when the Demons threw the ball to their catcher to try and get Amestoy at the plate. The ball got past Dexter’s catcher, Amestoy plunged into home plate and Torrez-Griego scurried home to cap the scoring.
In the third, East Mountain benefitted from four walks—two of them with the bases loaded—and three hit batters—one with the bases loaded. And the T’Wolves’ bats remained hot. Garrett Darner delivered a two-RBI double, Amestoy added an RBI-triple, and Reed Davis tacked on a two-RBI double.
The game ended after the Demons batted in the top of the fifth on the 10-run mercy rule.
“The team played really well,” East Mountain head coach Ray Demarest said after the Dexter victory. “The difference was coming out with high energy. Hopefully it’ll give us some momentum going forward with the remaining district-heavy schedule.”
East Mountain’s offense was also instrumental in the mercy-rule win over the Hope Christian Huskies.
The T’Wolves broke a scoreless tie with five runs in the bottom of the second inning. After a pair of base hits were followed by two consecutive hit batters—Torrez-Griego and Cole Phillips, who both combined for five hit-by-pitches—East Mountain got back-to-back bases-loaded walks on Amestoy and Garret Hitchcock. Reed Davis then hit a two-RBI Texas-League popup that dropped untouched in shallow right field.
Phillips and Torrez-Griego got popped again by pitches in the fourth inning and later scored on Amestoy’s hot grounder that a Huskies infielder bobbled and then committed a throwing error.
Phillips and Trace Krueger scored in the fifth.
In the sixth, Krueger drove in Jake McFall, and Darner drove in Cooper Davis for the game-ending run.
“Today, we just started hitting and we never stopped, that was the difference,” Demarest said.
The game also marked a reunion between two Hope players and several T’Wolves who played together in East Mountain Little League.
Hope’s Evan Bagon and Jacob Weber, who pitched three innings in the contest, played several years in East Mountain Little League. Both were on the EMLL Senior Division team with multiple T’Wolves players that won the state championship in 2019 and advanced to the Little League Southwest Regionals in Texas.
“This is my first time back here in two years, so it’s pretty different cuz they’re my old teammates, but it’s fun though, it’s nostalgic,” Bagon said.
“Yeah, it’s weird, especially cuz we haven’t played against them,” Phillips said. “It was nice to get to see them, it was fun playing against them, I got to talk with them on the bases a little bit and stuff like that.”
East Mountain travels to Roswell June 5 for a district rematch with NMMI.