Quincy Jacks: Spring teams shoving improvement week to week
Quincy’s Samantha Kleyn won both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles at the Ray Cross Invitational track meet Saturday in Ephrata, leading the Lady Jacks to a 12th -place finish out of 36 teams competing. The Quincy boys also had a strong performance, finishing ninth.
Kleyn won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.45 seconds, edging Royal’s Maggie Delay by two-tenths of a second. She won the 300 meter race with a time of 47.03, beating Maddy Parton of Cascade by 0.07 seconds.
For the Quincy boys, Alberto Tafoya finished second in the discus with a toss of 149 feet, 1 inch. Teammate Travis Harris placed second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 43.22 and third in the 110 meter hurdles at 16.46 seconds. Carlos Sanchez placed fifth in the 200 meter with a time of 24.04.
The strong performances show promise as Quincy hosts the Best in the Basin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Lady Jacks softball team dropped a double header to rival Ephrata on Saturday. Quincy was edged 10-9 in the opener, then ran into aggressive hitting and base running by the Tigers in the second game, eventually losing 24-6.
In the first game, Quincy fell behind 4-1 in the first and 6-1 in the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Quincy bats came alive as they brought 11 batters to the plate and scored seven runs, led by a double by Kalysta Alvarez and a triple by Gabby Flores.
But Ephrata retook the lead in the fifth on a line drive to left by Mikayla Wood for two RBI. A fielding error allowed another run to make it 9-8 Ephrata.
In the seventh, Quincy’s Andrea Castillo hit an RBI down the right field line tying the score at 9-9. Errors allowed the final Ephrata run in the eithth inning and the Jacks were unable to score.
Ephrata Coach Heather Wood said his team had too many errors in the first game, “both mental and physical”, but the defense was “improving toward the end”.
The second game was tied 2-2 after the first inning. Solid hitting and good defense by Ephrata stretched their lead to 7-2 in the second inning.
Quincy errors and a two-RBI double by Brooke Bazaldua made it 12-2 middle of the third. Quincy managed to score four and strand three to stay alive and make it 12-6 before the game got out of hand.
With a loss of 11-0 to Selah on Tuesday, Coach Andrew Harris said the team put itself behind the eight ball, giving up six runs in the first inning before stiffening on defense.
“We just need to put our heads down and keep working,” Harris said. “We’re going to get better.”
Highlights included a leadoff triple by Nick Lopez in the second inning and Doug Tobin pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.
Last week, Quincy came out firing in both games against Toppenish Saturday. The Jacks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Putting up 14 runs before Toppenish scored their first run put the Wildcats in a tight spot. Charlie Perez went 3-3 at the plate and Kaeden Murphy, Mark Horning and Lopez all hit well.
Pitchers Murphy, Cody Kehl and Lopez combined to hold Toppenish to only four runs. Final score 14-4.
Quincy didn’t let up in the second game. The Jacks scored 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a 20-8 win.
“This was a great response from the team this weekend,” Harris said. “I know they were disappointed and frustrated about the losses to Ellensburg and they came out ready to play.”
Jacob Deleeuw started on the mound and was relieved by Levi Garrison in the second inning. “Levi hit well and pitched great,” Harris said.
Next up, the Jacks host Wapato on Saturday, with games starting at 11 a.m.
In Grandview on Tuesday, after 80 minutes into the game, the score was still tied at zero between the Jacks and the Greyhouse. Coach Arturo Guerrero said both teams had opportunities to score, but both keepers were in good position to make saves. Quincy goalkeeper Johan Farias (12 saves) continues to improve, reading the defense and being a vocal leader.
Quincy played well, dominated the game at midfield, but was not able to find the back of the net. Guerrero is optimistic the team is headed in the right direction. The team will battle Selah on Friday at home before starting league play on April 9 with Prosser.
Last week, the much looked forward to battle between Othello and didn’t get off to the start coach Guerrero wanted. The first Husky goal came at the 1:00 mark when Sammy Acevedo scored off of an Arvin Arvizu assist. It took about 10 minutes for the Jacks to get into the rhythm of the game.
Guerrero said Quincy outplayed Othello. “You can dominate the whole game, but you have to score in the end,” he said.
Quincy did get on the board with a goal by Francisco “Paco” Alejandrez, assisted by Jordi Coronel, to tie the game at 1-1 just before the half.
The Jacks kept the ball in the Othello end of the field for most of the second half. Good passing, deft footwork and hustle gave Quincy several scoring opportunities, but it was a clumsy looking play at the 70th minute that gave Othello the lead for good. Arvizu managed to knock a slow roller into the net as several players collided out in front.
Quincy and Othello will meet again in a league-contest battle on April 28.
The Quincy tennis team hosted Ephrata in a non-league match Tuesday. Ephrata boys won 4-1, with the only Quincy win coming from the first doubles match with Gunnar Petersen and Gonzalo Guerrero, who beat the Tiger’s Tate Sircia and Tucker Merchant 6-1, 6-4. Second doubles Gates Petersen and Randy Hodges lost in a three-set tie-breaker, 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), that lasted nearly three hours.
The girls team lost 2-3 with the strong doubles teams of Natalie Thomsen and Rachel Faw (6-1, 7-5) and Mariana Ramirez and Alysha Donovan (7-5, 6-4) winning their matches.
Previously, the Lady Jacks moved into the win column against Chelan on March 23. All three doubles teams earned wins. First doubles Thomsen and Faw won 6-1, 6-3 while team mates Ramirez and Donovan won 6-1, 6-2 in second doubles. Third doubles Torrie-Lynne Wilson and Hannah Safe ensured the team win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The first singles match between Caitlyn Wind and Chelan’s Madeline Peebles went to a super tie break, with Peebles winning the last set 10-7.
The boys team lost 1-4 while trying players at different positions for future strategy purposes.
Saturday’s away match against the Othello Huskies resulted in a loss for the Quincy teams. The bright spot for the boys was the second doubles team of Hodges and Gates Petersen, which won its first set 6-1 and then a second set tie break 7-6 (7-3).
The girls lost 2-3, but again, the Lady Jack’s doubles teams are playing well. Thomsen and Faw won 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 and Ramirez and Donovan won 6-3, 6-4.
Next up, Quincy visits Wapato Friday.
The boys hosted the Cascade Kodiaks Tuesday at a windy Colockum Ridge Golf Course. The Kodiaks played solid golf, beating the Jacks 340 strokes to 404. Quincy’s Trajan Trevino shot a new season low 85 to lead the Jacks.
Although Cascade didn’t bring a girls team, Marlo Omlin lowered her personal best to 95 in what was essentially a practice round.
Last week, the boys defeated Chelan in a non-league match, with Trevino shooting 89 and Dawson Van Diest a 92. The boys also played in the Jack Barnes Invitational at Three Lakes Golf Course in Malaga on Saturday. Jesus Sosa and Trevino tied for 11th with 88’s on a narrow, tree-lined course with significant elevation changes. Sosa also won Closest to the Pin on No. 16 with 15 feet, 3 inches.
Next on the schedule is a visit to Friday Yakima and the Joe Lenburg Classic.