‘Win, win and win’: Baseball team aims high prior to postseason action
The Quincy Jacks baseball team returned to playoff action after a one-year hiatus April 30, with a home game against Grandview.
The Jacks, leaders in Division 2 with a 7-6 record, were set to face the Greyhounds at QHS starting at 4:30 p.m. Results were not available prior to press time.
The playoff berth, however, represented a triumph of sorts for the Jacks who were on the outside looking in come postseason time last year.
Not that they are satisfied.
Colton Loomis, who took over as head coach after Andy Harris’ resignation before the second game of the season, says his baseball-crazed fluffle is not satisfied with just showing up.
“Expectations are to go and win, win and win,” he said in a phone message to the Post-Register. “Prolong our season.”
Loomis said he was “outright proud” of his team, which overcame a 1-4 preseason to finish with a winning record in league play and show improvement each time out.
The winner of the Grandview game plays Othello on Saturday, and the winner of that will play either East Valley or Selah at a time and date to be determined.
“We gotta take care of the things leading to those games,” he said, later adding, “it will be fun to see what the last bit of the season has in store for these guys.”
The team finished its slate of regular-season games with two losses against non-division rivals, East Valley and Ellensburg, with the Red Devils prevailing 8-2 and the Bulldogs besting Quincy by a score of 12-0.
“They kind of ended in a rough skid, but the guys understand they go through those from time to time in a season,” Loomis said. “And when things are going good, well, they sometimes come to an end, but I think we have to get after it (April 30).”
Prior to the two losses, the Jacks had won five of their last six games.
The Greyhounds (6-7, third in Division 2) are “no pushover,” Loomis said. They come into the contest against Quincy having swept winless (0-13 in league play) Wapato on the road after losing four straight.
Earlier in the season the Greyhounds swept the Jacks at Grandview in nail-biting fashion, winning Game 1, 2-1 and then taking Game 2 by a score of 8-7.
“They are a good ballclub,” Loomis said. “We got punched in the mouth earlier in the season, so hopefully we can come out on Tuesday ready to go, firing on all cylinders and playing the best ball we have played all year.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org