Boys tied for fourth
The Jacks remain locked in a three-way tie for fourth place with Othello and Prosser. All three baseball teams have split with each other and all three won their Tuesday games, but none more lopsided than Quincy’s 32-1 thrashing of visiting Grandview (2-11, 3-12).
Quincy (10-5) rolled their league record to 10-5.
The Jacks have their hands full on Saturday when third-place East Valley (10-2, 11-3) comes to town for a doubleheader. The first game is at 11 a.m.
Quincy 32, Grandview 1
The game got out of hand in the first inning, when Quincy posted 18 runs against the Greyhounds. Quincy added six more runs in the third and eight more in the fourth. On the mound Douglas Tobin picked up seven strikeouts in four innings and Beto Garcia added one strikeout in the fifth inning.
The Jacks offense had 22 hits, 25 RBIs and eight doubles among 16 players. Charlie Perez went 3-for-3, with three runs, two RBIs, a double and two walks, while Tobin went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI.
Highlights: Nick Lopez 2-2, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI; Cody Kehl 2-3, 3R, 2B, 3RBI; Levi Garrison 2-3, 2RBI, 2R; Tanner Rackley 3R, Joel Villafana 1-2, 2R; Kaeden Murphy 2-2, 3R, 2RBI, 2B; Gage Stephens 1-2, 3R, 2RBI; Jesse Villarreal 3-4, 2B, 2RBI; Hunter Rosenberger 1-3, 3RBI, 2B, 2R; Garcia 1-2, 2R, RBI.
Quincy 4-12, Prosser 6-8
After Prosser (7-5) got the best of the Jacks’ ace pitcher in the first game on Saturday, Quincy needed to salvage a split to stay in the hunt for the postseason. That meant they needed a big time performance from someone in the lineup during the second game.
“That is the least we could walk away with,” said Tait.
The Jacks (7-5) got several key contributions from Kaeden Murphy (1-3, 2B, 4RBI), who yielded just five hits and had 10 strikeouts, as well as Nick Lopez, Douglas Tobin and Jesse Villarreal. The trio combined for seven of the Jacks 10 hits and eight runs. But the superstar was Lopez, who had two home runs and five RBIs.
“It was his birthday,” Tait said. “He made a fabulous catch down the foul line. If it dropped it would have been fair. It was phenomenal.”
The Jacks had to rally from an early hole. They found themselves looking at a 7-3 deficit after the first inning. The Mustangs had three hits, two walks and capitalized on three errors to score seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Tait stuck with Murphy and he delivered with six solid innings and the bats came alive.
“Between the bottom of the second and top of the third innings I told them they could pack it in or (go after it),” Tait said. “We had a couple of guys give us a spark.”
The Jacks rallied with six runs in the third, two more in the fourth and one more in the fifth inning. The six runs in the top of the third came from a two-run home run by Lopez, a three-run double by Murphy and an RBI double by Cody Kehl.
“That provided Kaeden with a little confidence,” Tait said. “He threw a gem from the second inning to the seventh.”
In the first game, Mark Horning went 3-for-4 with a double, Levi Garrison went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Murphy went 1-for-4 with a double. Douglas Tobin came in to pitch in the fifth inning and had two innings, giving up no runs or hits.
Quincy 11, Cashmere 10
The Jacks pitching was all over the place last Thursday. Jacob DeLeeuw, Tobin, Kehl and Villarreal surrendered 14 walks and picked up just three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
But Quincy won the non-league game 11-10.
That is because the Jacks scored five runs in the third, five runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Garrison, the first baseman, racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Jacks. He singled in the third inning and doubled in the fifth and sixth innings.
Quincy never trailed after scoring five runs in the third on an error, a sacrifice by Kaeden Murphy, a two-run single by Lopez, and an RBI triple by Kehl.
The Jacks added to their lead with five runs in the fifth. Lopez doubled, scoring Kehl to start the inning. That was followed up by Garrison’s double, plating Lopez and Beto Garcia.
Quincy also held on for dear life, as the Bulldogs stormed back from an 11-5 deficit with five runs in the top of the seventh inning. The final out came from a called third strike off a pitch by Villarreal.
“He’s our closer I think,” said Tait. “We need a closer.”
Highlights: Nick Lopez 2-2, 2R, 2RBI, 2B; Kehl 2-4, 3B, 2R, RBI; Levi Garrison 3-45, 2-2B, 3RBI, R; Tanner Rackley 1-3, 2R; Murphy 2RBI; Perez 1-2, R.
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