Baseball’s win streak hits three with sweep of Mustangs
It may have been an inconsequential moment, but the timing of it certainly did not hurt.
Down 4-1 on Game 2 of a season-opening doubleheader against the Prosser Mustangs, a Quincy batter flied out to left center and dawdled his way toward first. Jacks assistant coach Diego Garcia wasn’t having any of it.
“Anybody else does that again,” he told the players standing near the fence in front of the home dugout, “and you will all be running hard after the game.”
The Jacks tied the ballgame at 4 in the next inning and took the game (and the doubleheader) in the bottom of the seventh, with a two-out, bases-loaded bunt single.
The Mustangs had loaded the bases with two intentional walks, but the move backfired, and the Jacks started their 2019 regular season with a sweep.
“Baseball’s a funny game,” Quincy head coach Colton Loomis said.
Whether Garcia’s edict sparked a fire under the Jacks is anyone’s guess, Loomis said, but “we do try to play the game the right way,” he added.
“It’s one of those things, if you’re not bouncing around on the field, it’s not a good look. It’s not the way baseball is supposed to be played,” Loomis said.
Statistics were not available for the doubleheader, which brought the Jacks’ overall record to one game below .500 after starting the season with four straight losses.
The Jacks beat Cashmere, Loomis’ alma mater, 5-3, on March 26, for Loomis’ first-ever win as a high school head coach. Then came the doubleheader, with Quincy winning Game 1, 11-7
Loomis attributed the turnaround to the players buying in to what he and his coaches (past and present) are selling: A never-quit, never-say-die mentality, that goes coupled with the right attitude and the right body language once the game starts.
“It’s what (former head) Coach (Andy) Harris emphasized at the beginning of the year,” said Loomis, who took over from Harris in mid-March, two games into the schedule. “They are buying into that and trusting the process. They are sticking it out every inning of every game, and it’s paying off so far.”
Next up was a road game against Selah on April 2. Results weren’t available prior to press time.
Following the trip to Selah comes another road doubleheader, this time in Grandview.
The Greyhounds host the Jacks on April 6, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Jacks don’t get to taste home cooking until April 9, when they face the Ephrata Tigers. First pitch is 4:30 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org