Softball comes out swinging against Toppenish
The Lady Jacks softball team came out swinging as it welcomed the Toppenish Wildcats to town for Saturday’s doubleheader. Quincy started off fast and finished strong, downing Toppenish 23-5 in the opener and 11-2 in the closer.
Kalysta Alvarez pitched both games, providing solid defense, good pitching and a productive day at the plate with .750 on-base percentage, including a double in the second game.
Quincy sent 16 players to the plate and scored 12 runs in the first inning of the opening game. Alexis Ramirez had a home run and a triple, and Jessica Thompson added a triple of her own.
In the second game Ramirez tripled again as Quincy steadily pulled away. Andrea Castillo went 5-6 for the day with four RBI’s and a triple in the second game.
“We’re in the weaker half of the schedule and we can’t afford to lose any more,” said coach Bill Gonzalez said. “No splits, no losses.”
Quincy plays at Othello Saturday.
The Jacks tennis teams have played four matches in six days, winning three of four. The doubles teams anchor both squads as they approach postseason play with only two league matches left.
The boys won 3-2 against Grandview, Ellensburg and East Valley, while losing 2-3 to Toppenish Tuesday. Quincy holds second place in CWAC league play at 6-1 to Ephrata at 6-0. That issue will be settled next Tuesday as Quincy travels to Ephrata to decide who will hold first place.
Meanwhile, the girls won 4-1 against Grandview, lost 2-3 versus Ellensburg and won 3-2 against East Valley and Toppenish this week. At 4-3 in the CWAC, they are mid-pack and can improve their standing with two more league wins next week.
The Quincy track team hosted 22 teams from around Central Washington at the Quincy Invitational track meet Saturday.
Mashayla Schaapman placed first in shot put at 33 feet, 9 inches. Samantha Kleyn placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and long jump.
For the boys, Travis Harris placed second in the 110-meter hurdles and Alberto Tafoya placed third in the discus.
On April 21, Quincy track defeated East Valley 90-55 and Wapato 113-22 in league play. Quincy is in third in CWAC standings and travels to Ephrata Thursday to take on Ephrata and Selah.
The Quincy squad traveled to the Yakima Elks Golf Club Tuesday for three-way league play against Selah and Wapato. Quincy split, losing to Selah 379-329 and besting Wapato by 10 strokes. Trajan Trevino shot an 87 and teammate Jesus Sosa carded an 89.
Last year at districts on the same course, no Quincy golfer broke 100. Coach Chris Trevino was happy with three guys under that score.
“It’s great to see that kind of growth,” he said.
The Jacks played a non-league match versus Warden at Sage Hills on April 21, winning 385 to 418 and led by Trajan Trevino with an 84. Second-year golfer Luis Esparza posted his personal best on a particularly difficult golf course. The coaching staff is pleased with his steady improvement.
Quincy holds fifth place in league with two more matches to play. The Jacks will be at Colockum on May 5.
As the season winds down, the intensity winds up with the Quincy soccer team. Quincy beat Ellensburg 4-2 at Jaycee Stadium Tuesday, putting the Jacks solidly in fourth place in CWAC play.
Kevin Rios started off the scoring at the 21:30 mark with a breakaway goal. Three minutes later powerhouse forwards Fredy Ruiz and Francisco “Paco” Alejandrez combined to outnumber defenders as Paco provided the assist to Ruiz.
Ellensburg wasn’t going quietly into the night as captain Sam Slothower scored off a free kick with five minutes to go in the half. Eight minutes into the second half the Bulldogs tied the score at 2-2 with a header off a corner kick by freshman Jordan Mungia.
The rest of the game was spent with Quincy keeping the ball deep in the Ellensburg end of the field. Quincy sophomore Ignacio Castillo broke the tie with a score set up by good passing and ball handling. With eight minutes remaining Rios took a rebound from a shot by Orlando Serrano for the final score and his second of the night.
Quincy also lost last week to league-leading Toppenish, 2-3.
Next up is a road trip to Othello on Thursday to avenge an earlier 2-1 loss on March 26. Saturday Quincy hosts second-place Grandview at noon.
Quincy used a mixed bag of players to hand Grandview an 11-1 loss in five innings on Tuesday. Pitcher Mark Horning came away with the win despite pitching only one inning. Fellow pitchers Hunter Rosenberger and Jacob Deleeuw combined for the save, pitching two innings each.
The Jacks scored four runs in the first inning, which was highlighted by an RBI double by Doug Tobin. Quincy added two more runs in the second featuring creative base running by Cody Kehl. After a base hit, Kehl stole second, then third and finally home on a passed ball.
Grandview scored its only run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Osbaldo Mejia.
Now there’s a virtual tie between Quincy, East Valley and Ephrata at 10 wins each. Quincy’s next home games against Ephrata on Saturday will break the logjam. The winner should be third in the standings behind Selah and Ellensburg.
— By Dennis Roberts, QVPR contributor