Sports wrap-up: Soccer posts another shutout; doubles reign in boys tennis
The Quincy soccer team’s reputation has been built on ball handling, passing and scoring. But lately, solid defense has been the team’s key to success. The Jacks posted their third straight shutout with a 3-0 victory over Prosser on Saturday.
“The defense is doing a great job of keeping the ball out of our end. Solid play by the defensive line and midfielders keep our team on the attack,” coach Arturo Guerrero said.
The offense also has been doing its part. Orlando Serrano opened the scoring at the 30-minute mark with an assist by Alexis Acevedo. In the second half, forward Fredy Ruiz sprinted behind the Mustang defensemen for the second score. Ten minutes later Francisco “Paco” Alejandrez scored the final goal, assisted by Kevin Ruiz.
Quincy’s next match is Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Ephrata.
The Selah Vikings beat the Quincy Jacks 8-1 Tuesday but the game was closer than the score indicated, as Quincy battled throughout.
“We were just one or two key hits away from making it a close game,” coach Andy Harris said.
Selah’s first baseman Cort Dietrich did the most damage with three doubles and five RBIs. Quincy just couldn’t string enough hits at the right times to make up the difference, stranding nine runners overall.
The team had no such issues Saturday, sweeping a double-header from Othello by scores of 8-1 and 10-4.
In the first game, pitcher Doug Tobin gave up only one hit and struck out eight. A home run accounted for the Huskies’ only score. Charlie Perez went two for four with a double and a triple for the Jacks. Joel Villafana added a home run.
In the second game, Caden Murphy pitched a complete game, giving up only one earned run of the four that were scored. He also struck out eight. Daniel Garcia had two hits, with catcher Cody Kehl adding two more.
Coach Harris said Kehl called great games behind the plate for his pitchers. Quincy travels to Cashmere Thursday.
Quincy Softball coach Bill Gonzalez may be able to relax once the team gets to the mid-point of the season. Quincy’s opponents in the first half have been the powerhouse teams in the league.
Selah, Ellensburg, Ephrata and East Valley have made it difficult for the young Quincy squad.
Saturday, Selah blanked Quincy 24-0 in the first game and 20-1 in the second. Gonzalez said his team’s inexperience has been its Achilles heel.
“I have yet to field the same players two games in a row,” he said. “I have two experienced seniors playing out of their normal positions. Gabby Flores would normally play second and I had to move her to shortstop. My other senior, Jessica Thompson, is playing second instead of first base.”
The team is working hard on fundamentals to cut down on errors. Gonzalez said they can string together several good innings, but then one or two innings will get away from them.
Prosser comes to town Friday night for a double-header.
Strong doubles play led the boys tennis team to a 3-2 victory over Selah Tuesday night.
Gates Petersen and Randy Hodges came from behind to win the last two sets in a 4-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory. Gonzalo Guerrero and Gunnar Peterson won a first set tie-break (10-8) on their way to a 7-6, 6-1 win. Andrew Delgado and Luis Ferreyra also won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.
The girls lost 4-1 to the Selah squad, but the doubles team of Mariana Ramirez and Alysha Donovan continued their winning ways with 6-1, 6-4 victories. Both teams travel to Omak Thursday.
— By Dennis Roberts, QVPR contributor