Baseball bats fall silent in close losses to Grandview
When you play 14 innings of baseball over two games, you don’t get a hit until the 10th, and you still manage to keep things competitive, it’s safe to say at least some semblance of luck is on your side.
Unfortunately for the Quincy Jacks baseball team, not enough luck to win either end of a doubleheader against Grandview on April 6.
The hosting Greyhounds took Game 1 2-1, and Game 2, 7-6.
The Grandview Greyhounds actually no-hit the Jacks in Game 1, with Quincy’s lone run happening thanks to a mix of walks, errant pitches, hit batters and speedy baserunners.
The team was in both ballgames, but “just couldn’t find a way to get over the hump,” Quincy head coach Colton Loomis said.
In Game 1, Nick Gonzalez pitched an outstanding ballgame for the Jacks, Loomis said.
“I was very impressed with Nick Gonzalez,” said Loomis, noting that the Quincy hurler threw 64 pitches over six innings of work, with six strikeouts, two hits and no earned runs.
“Every pitcher who throws like that should win a game,” Loomis said, describing Gonzalez as a “total gamer,” and the first half of the doubleheader as a pitchers’ duel.
“You’re not going to win many ballgames if you get no-hit, though,” he added.
In Game 2, Grandview jumped ahead and set the pace until the last frames of play, when Quincy’s bats suddenly woke up and gave the Jacks the lead, which Grandview promptly recouped in the final inning.
“We didn’t record our first hit of the day until the third inning of the second game,” Loomis said.
“Hitting was a little bit tough for us. We put balls in play, but we were just hitting them to guys,” he added.
The Grandview pitchers did a good job keeping Quincy batters off balance, Loomis said.
Next up for the Quincy Jacks, (2-3 in league, 3-7 overall) was the first meeting with their archrivals from Ephrata on April 9. Results weren’t available prior to press time.
This was to be Loomis’ first clash against the big rivals as head coach of Quincy.
“It’ll be fun to see guys out there competing for bragging rights,” he said.
Then on April 13, the team plays Toppenish in a road doubleheader set to start at 11 a.m.
Then the team travels to Othello for a single game against the Huskies at 4:30 p.m. on April 16.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com