Baseball season of learning ends
The Quincy Jacks baseball team closed the book on a trying 2018 season with two road losses against a crisp Ephrata team April 28.
The Tigers took the first game 8-3. The Jacks’ starting pitcher Nick Gonzalez only gave up four earned runs, but defensive errors allowed Ephrata to broaden the gap.
Quincy made it interesting in the top of the seventh inning, scoring three runs, which made coach Andy Harris wonder what might have happened if Quincy had kept those unearned runs off the board.
“We could have made it a game in the last inning,” Harris said. “We could have put some pressure on them if we had avoided a couple of mistakes. It’s kind of been the story of our season.”
In Game 2, the Jacks managed to put the ball in play, but the Ephrata defense kept making groundball outs and Ephrata pitcher Boe Hesse kept Quincy batters from making hard contact. The Tigers no-hit the Jacks 10-0 in five innings.
“That kid’s gonna be a stud,” Harris said of Hesse, a sophomore. “We did hit the ball in play, but we were hitting it right at people.”
The Jacks closed the season with a 4-14 record, 4-16 overall, good enough for eighth place. Ephrata finished 13-5, 14-6 overall, good enough for fourth place.
Quincy finished the season with only one senior, Kade Schutzmann, who started Game 2, so that gives the Jacks hope about next season. Players like Noah Tarango have a lot of upside still, Harris said.
“He’s always been someone who can swing the stick so we are excited to see what he brings his senior year,” Harris said. “When that kid hits the weight room, holy cow, he’s going to start hitting home runs instead of doubles, he already has that kind of power.”
The team overall was young, and had to learn how to win at the CWAC level.
“They have won a lot growing up and they have been a successful team but now they are in a league that is really, really tough,” Harris said.
He then added, “Just learning what it takes in practice to win, sometimes it takes a season to do that and it’s too bad that it had to happen this year.”
The team fought hard in a lot of games but could not get past opponents, Harris said. That’s one of the lessons to be learned for next year.
“We have a good group coming back and I think they are excited to have a chance to become a really, really good baseball team.”
The team is ready to work, and the work will begin in the summer, with weight training programs, Harris said.
“With some work ethic and putting in the time, we are going to be able to get back to what we are capable of being,” Harris said.
Lastly, Harris said he was sad to find out that no Quincy player earned league honors.
“It’s part of being lower in the league, it’s tougher to get on that team,” he said. “I would put Kade and Noah up there as all-league selections, with Nick being another kid who could have been up there.”
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org