East Mountain’s bats were booming and the pitching was clicking when the Lady Timberwolves swept the visiting Moriarty Lady Pintos in their June 5 doubleheader in Sandia Park.
The June 5 twin bill was a continuation of the two teams’ May 18 doubleheader that was stopped in progress because of rainy weather.
After East Mountain’s sweep, the two teams’ head coaches said it was likely a first for the Lady T’Wolves.
“I think so,” East Mountain head coach Bill Radosevich said.
Lady Pintos head coach Tonya Walden, who has been at the helm for the past nine years, said she wasn’t sure if East Mountain had ever beaten Moriarty: “I don’t think so, we don’t normally play them, but I don’t know, I could be wrong.”
During the May 18 matchup, the first game started out as a slugfest, but officials stopped it in the top of the fourth inning with the Lady T’Wolves leading 19-7.
The June 5 doubleheader picked up where the May 18 opener left off in the top of the fourth.
After the Lady Pintos added a pair of runs, the Lady T’Wolves tacked on 10 more runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to win 29-9 on the mercy rule. East Mountain’s Olivia Ford finished with seven RBIs, buoyed by the grand slam she hit on May 18; Cami Jo Radosevich drove in six.
In Game 2, both teams scored a run in the second inning.
East Mountain broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third with eight runs. Ford started the surge with an RBI double, Shandi Gonzales slugged a two-RBI double, Jade Woodfin smacked a three-RBI double, and Tara Norman capped the scoring with an RBI triple.
Moriarty’s Maddison Satterfield’s RBI double drove in Harli Fischer in the top of the fourth inning.
East Mountain capitalized on five bases on balls, a hit batter and a Moriarty error to plate seven more runs in the home half of the inning. Gonzales led off the frame with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch. In her second at-bat of the inning, Gonzales drew a bases-loaded walk for an RBI. She scored three runs and drove in three runs.
“It was really nice, you know, it was a lot hotter than last time [on May 18], but it was nice to be able to finish the games,” Gonzales said. “I had a really fun and tiring game.”
Moriarty didn’t score in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Pintos added some excitement when Alissa Hudson deposited a fly ball down the right field foul line, got into a rundown after rounding second base and managed to make it safely into third—but was called out on a close play at the plate a moment later when she attempted to steal home.
“I thought I was safe, I thought I went under [the tag],” Hudson said about the play, adding, “I’ve been striking out all year so this was my first good hit for my grandma, she finally came, so I had to hit a good one for her and I was not looking back, but I mean, it was a good hit and my team was cheering me on, I’m so proud of my team.”
With the Lady Pintos not scoring in the top of the fifth, the game ended on the mercy rule with East Mountain winning 16-2. Woodfin led the T’Wolves with four RBIs.
“The girls played with a lot of confidence, they hit the ball and that’s what it’s all about—put the ball in play and make things happen,” coach Radosevich said.
Walden said she was missing a few players in the June 5 doubleheader.
“Yeah, that was a little hard because the players that I don’t have now I had [on May 18], and I had to put some new players in those positions, so the lineup was really messed up,” Walden said. “But they’re playing as a team, they’re starting to see the ball and hit the ball.”
Both teams dropped their next matchups against their respective district rivals: East Mountain got mercy-ruled 15-0 by Dexter on June 8; Moriarty lost 18-7 to Pojoaque Valley on June 9.
“I think they played phenomenal,” Walden said after the loss to Pojoaque. “They didn’t give up so I’m very proud of them as a coach for that.”
Radosevich said the loss to Dexter was a good learning experience: “We’ve got to learn how to fight through it and bounce back.”