The drizzle at the start of East Mountain’s May 18 game against Moriarty made the ball slick and the field muddy—and the weather went from wet to wetter with every passing inning.
Despite the light rain, the ball was flying off both teams’ bats, but ultimately Mother Nature—and the umpires—put the kibosh on the saturated slugfest-in-progress and the game was called in the fourth inning with East Mountain ahead 19-7.
“Yeah, the rain, the weather conditions—they had to call it,” Moriarty head coach Tonya Walden said.
“I don’t know if it was gonna clear up or not, unfortunately, but I was glad we got to come out and play,” East Mountain head coach Bill Radosevich added.
The Lady Pintos, who are still looking to pick up their first win of the season, put three runs on the board in the top of the first inning with Ashley Toler’s three-run home run into the trees.
“I knew I had runners on, and it was like, ‘Oh, it might be a good time just to get a good hit,’ and then it just went over,” Toler said about her first-ever high school homer.
The Lady Timberwolves responded in the home half of the frame when starting pitcher Olivia Ford slugged a three-run home run over the center field fence.
In the second inning, Jadyn Bryan, Moriarty’s starting pitcher, smacked an RBI base hit, and Toler—with the help of an East Mountain error—drove in two more runs to put Moriarty up 6-3.
In the bottom of the second, the T’Wolves sent 17 batters to the plate and exploded for 12 runs, including a deep fly ball by Shandi Gonzales that got over Moriarty’s right fielder and ended up being an inside-the-park home run, and Ford’s second home run of the game—a grand slam that sliced through the pines behind the center field fence.
“It felt really good, I didn’t think it was gonna go over, I thought it was gonna be just a pop up but it ended up going out,” Ford said. “The first one, I knew it was gonna go over, but the second one I didn’t know, but it felt good, yeah.”
The T’Wolves added four more runs in the third inning. Moriarty plated a run in the top of the fourth, just before the umpires pulled the plug on the game.
“It was before the fifth inning, so it doesn’t count as a game,” Walden said. “All in all, they’re playing better as a team, though, and Ashley had a home run over the fence and that’s her first one of the year.”
“Too bad that one didn’t count for us,” Radosevich said about the game. “The girls looked good, the bats erupted, playing ball in the rain, we were hitting the ball, making plays, you know, we just gotta go get some more.”
East Mountain went to Hot Springs on May 19 and hammered out a 16-0 victory. The Lady T’Wolves play at Santa Rosa May 25.
Moriarty plays May 22 at Pojoaque Valley.