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Posted on Apr 21, 2016

Baseball, soccer fighting for top spots

The Quincy baseball team is riding a hot streak as it prepares to meet East Valley Saturday. The Yakima team is one win behind the 9-4 Jackrabbits. The winner will have a firm hold on third place in CWAC standings.

Grandview found out the hard way that Quincy is playing well, losing Tuesday 15-0 in five innings. Levi Garrison pitched the shutout and registered six strikeouts while going two for four with one RBI.

Catcher Cody Kehl leads by example on both offense and defense, going two for four with four RBIs.  Kaeden Murphy joined in with two hits in three at bats and scoring twice.

On April 16, Quincy hosted Prosser, winning both games 4-1 and 10-4 after losing the previous Thursday 11-3 to Cashmere. The Jacks were hitting on all cylinders against Prosser.

In game one, Doug Tobin pitched six innings of shutout ball with eight strikeouts before  Kaeden Murphy secured the 7th-inning save. Murphy only allowed one run with bases loaded and no outs and earlier picked off Prosser’s J.R. Coleman at home plate from centerfield.

Mark Horning hit a two RBI triple in the second and a solo home run in the fifth to give the Jacks enough for the win. Kehl had one hit, two walks and five stolen bases, scoring twice.

In the second game, Quincy brought 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the first inning. Gage Stephens hit a home run, a triple and four RBIs.

“I usually hit the ball well, but not this good,” Stephen said.

Kehl credited pitchers Nick Lopez and Murphy for keeping the ball down and throwing strikes. Murphy closed both games for saves in addition to playing solid defense.

Next game is at East Valley Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Soccer

The Quincy soccer team took its frustrations out on Wapato Tuesday, beating the team 5-0 after losing at East Valley 0-1 on April 16. It didn’t take long either. Fredy Ruiz scored 37 seconds into the match on a designed play coach Arturo Guerrero had drawn up.

“The other coach couldn’t believe it was planned when I told him,” Guerrero said.

Francisco Alejandrez provided the assist for the first goal and six minutes later provided Ruiz with another to go up 2-0.

AJ Gallegos scored the third goal six minutes into the second half assisted by Axel Medina. Ten minutes later Medina scored off of another assist by Alejandrez. The final score came at the 74th minute by Jorge Ruiz assisted by Kevin Rios.

Wapato rarely threatened, but goalkeeper Johan Farias did have to poke a free kick over the top of the goal in the second half.

Quincy travels to Toppenish Thursday.

On Tuesday, QHS golfer Jesus Sosa recorded a team best of 79.  Photo by Kurtis J. Wood.

On Tuesday, QHS golfer Jesus Sosa recorded a team best of 79. Photo by Kurtis J. Wood.

Golf

The Quincy boys golf team hosted Toppenish, Prosser and East Valley at Colockum Ridge Tuesday. East Valley posted an impressive 309 strokes to Prosser’s 338 and Quincy’s 369.

Three of East Valley’s players posted scores in the 70s. Not to be out done, Quincy soccer-player-turned-golfer Jesus Sosa posted a team best 79.

Quincy travels to Sage Hills Golf Club Thursday to play Warden.

Softball

Quincy softball found themselves in the win column for the first time this season as the Lady Jacks split a double-header with the Prosser Mustangs on April 15. The opening game was closely contested.  The score went back and forth several times with Quincy eventually winning 12-7.  Kalysta Alvarez was the winning pitcher, pitching a complete game for the Jacks.

Quincy put pressure on Prosser with good hitting and aggressive base running. Gabby Flores sacrificed her body for the team getting hit by pitches in the second, third and fourth innings (and once more in the second game).  Alexis Ramirez tripled in the fourth inning and was driven home on a fielder’s choice by Alvarez.  Andrea Castillo added her own triple in the sixth, driving in two runs.  In addition to pitching, Alvarez had two base hits, one RBI, and scored twice.

Prosser was never able to gain momentum as Quincy’s much improved defense kept the ball under control. “We kept the ball in front of the runners, getting the ball back to the pitcher, instead of making bad plays behind them,” coach Bill Gonzalez said.

In the second game, Prosser pulled ahead in the first inning 2-0 and followed with good defense. Quincy scored three runs in the fourth inning to go ahead by one. Prosser scored two more runs in the sixth and then a six run barrage in the final inning to put the game out of reach.  Quincy, never able to get the bats going, added only one more run in the final inning, losing 10-4.

Quincy hosts Toppenish Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Track

The Quincy track team attended the Cashmere Invitational Track Meet on April 16.  Sixteen schools participated from both sides of the Cascades. Samantha Kleyn had the best showing for the Jacks, placing first in the 100-meter hurdles (16.57s) and third in the 300-meter hurdles (47.26s).

Placing second in the 3000 meters was Dezarae Westra (12:18), second in the discus was Alberto Tafoya (137 feet, 3 inches) and second in the shot put, Mashayla Schaapman with a personal best 34 feet, 10 inches.  Also coming in second was the 400-meter relay team of Luis Camacho, Cyril Berndt, Travis Harris and Carlos Sanchez at 3:39.53s.

In three-way league competition on April 14,  Quincy boys and girls bested Toppenish and lost to Prosser.  In the boys competition, Harris had a good day, placing first in 110-meter hurdles (16.96s), first in the 300-meter hurdles (43.12s) and a personal best 11.83 seconds (3rd) in the 100-meter dash.  Freshman Gonzalo Birrueta had a personal best time of 11 minutes, 27 seconds, and placed third in the 3200-meter run.

For the girls, Kleyn filled two more first-place podium slots in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.  Westra placed first in the 3200-meter run (13:19) and posted a personal best  in the 1600-meter run (6:17), placing second.

Schaapman placed first in shot put at 33 feet, 10 inches and second in the discus at 86 feet, 10 inches.

The Quincy Invitational begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Tennis

Last Friday, the Quincy boys and girls tennis teams travelled to Omak for a non-league match, where they came up short, losing 2-3 in both contests.  Boys tennis (3-0, 5-5) is still tied for second with Ephrata and trailing Othello in league play.  The girls are 1-2 in league, putting them in seventh place.

The successful duo of Gunnar Petersen and Gonzalo Guerrero, who usually play doubles together, played first and second singles on April 15.  Apart, they are still to be taken seriously.  Petersen won in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, and Guerrero won a first set tie break over Andrick Carroll, eventually winning 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.

Hannah Safe, playing 3rd singles for the Jacks, beat Omak’s Ashley Summers in three sets 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.  Meanwhile the 2nd doubles team of Mariana Ramirez and Noemi Flores beat Kaitlyn Short and Sydney Hack 6-2, 6-2.

The tennis team hosts Ellensburg Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

 

— By Dennis Roberts, QVPR contributor

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