East Mountain High School’s baseball team lost a close contest May 22 at Class 4A Portales but rebounded three days later with a lopsided 41-0 blowout at their District 4/5-3A rival Tucumcari.
Prior to splitting those two road games, the Timberwolves pulled off their second come-from-behind walk-off win at home.
In the first game of the season, East Mountain edged Santa Fe’s St. Michael’s with a walk-off wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The T’Wolves did it again in their May 20 home matchup against district rival New Mexico Military Institute Colts, this time with a walk-off three-run double to capture a 4-3 victory—on a day when East Mountain’s offense struggled and left six runners on base.
“I don’t know if my heart can handle any more of those,” East Mountain head coach Ray Demarest said after the nail-biting win over NMMI.
The T’Wolves had trailed NMMI the entire game. The Colts got on the board in the first inning and added another run in the third.
The T’Wolves cut the deficit in half in the fifth inning after Cole Phillips led off with a double and later scored on Reed Davis’ hot grounder that NMMI’s shortstop didn’t field cleanly. The miscue allowed Phillips to race home to make it 2-1.
NMMI tacked on a run in the top of the seventh to increase its lead to 3-1.
Garrett Darner, who went the distance on the mound for the T’Wolves, drew a one-out walk to start the seventh-inning rally. Phillips followed with his second double of the game, a scorcher that clanked off the fence in left field and sent Darner to third. Deshawn Torrez-Griego went down swinging, leaving the T’Wolves down to their final out.
But NMMI’s coach rolled the dice and intentionally walked Reed Davis—who had hit the ball hard in the game—to get to Garrett Hitchcock, who was 0 for 3.
The strategy backfired. Hitchcock uncorked a bases-clearing double that drove in Darner and Phillips to tie the game, and finally Davis who dove into home and rolled across the plate avoiding the tag from NMMI’s catcher to score the game-winning run.
“It’s huge,” Demarest said about the victory. “It provides a lot of fuel and a lot more fire to win a district game like that, you know, they had us on the ropes all the way till our last out.”
East Mountain’s May 27 doubleheader against Socorro was canceled. The T’Wolves host Albuquerque’s Hope Christian on May 29.