Quincy players suit up for Basin Rock Hounds baseball team
The visitor wanted to know more about the team in the grey-and-orange camo uniforms, so out came the obvious question to a Basin Rockhounds coach:
What’s the difference between the Rockhounds and the River Dogs?
Before the coach could answer, a player from the Rock Hounds interjected.
“We are better,” he said.
The player, who will remain anonymous to protect the mouthy, is a good example of the rivalry between the two squads.
Another Rockhound, Quincy’s Doug Tobin has played for the team for four years and has been a baseball player for twice as long.
He and teammate, and fellow Jack, Hunter Rosenberger are among the very few non-Ephrata players on the Rockhound roster.
That suits Tobin just fine.
“The thing I like about the Rockhounds is that it’s all local guys,” he said. “The RiverDogs have guys from all over the place coming over, but the guys on the Rockhounds we all know each other.”
Judging by the last result, both teams know each other pretty well, too. They played each other twice in mid-June and each team won a game.
Rosenberger, a baseball player since age five, pitches and plays first-base for the Rockhounds, known up until last year as the summer-leagues’ Tigers.
Rosenberger, 16, said he joined the Rockhounds to stay with his buddies, longtime friends and foes on the baseball diamond.
The friends remain friends even in the spring, when the Ephrata guys suit up for the Tigers and Rosenberger and Tobin play for Quincy.
“That’s always fun,” he said “You mess around with them and screw around with them.”
The level of play is higher in summer league, Rosenberger said, boosted by many players who play close to year-round ball.
Although he still plays for the Jacks. when asked to choose between winning state with Quincy and winning the Babe Ruth World Series with the Rock Hounds, his summer team took precedence over his spring one.
“World Series,” he said. “I love high school and everything, but summer ball, we play 60, 70 games or something like that so it’s more of a thrill to go throughout the whole season.”
Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org