Cashmere escapes winless Jacks in 9-8 nail-biter
Against a sturdy opponent, the Quincy baseball team had a good chance to get off its winless skid but fell just short, dropping a non-league contest against Cashmere 9-8, April 2.
The Jacks made it back from 4-0 and 5-1 deficits early in the ballgame and were tied 8-8 going into the last frame, but they let one run slip by and the Bulldogs headed back to Chelan County with a 6-1 record.
Cashmere tried a handful of pitchers against the Jacks, hoping to save their workhorses for an April 3 doubleheader on the road against possible playoff foe Freeman and against Cheney in Spokane.
Nevertheless, both teams showed up to play, turning a non-leaguer into an entertaining contest, made even more so by the Quincy Jacks’ refusal to bend to the will of their opponents, three-time state champions in 1A in the last 10 years.
Cashmere jumped on starter Nick Gonzalez in the first inning, using a string of doubles to take a 4-0 lead. Quincy responded in the bottom of the first by loading the bases, but could only get one runner across home plate.
In the second, Cashmere tacked on one more run. Then, in the bottom of the third, the Jacks went to work on the Cashmere pitching staff, loading the bases again and scoring one run on an infield base hit by Connor Donovan. Two bases-loaded walks and a hit batter later, the Jacks and Bulldogs were locked at 5-5 and what looked like a laugher for the visitors was no more.
Cashmere scored once in the fourth, with the Jacks answering right back with Noah Tarango scoring from third on an error by the Bulldogs. Their catcher threw the ball to the pitcher, and the pitcher dropped it, turning it into a live ball.
Tied at six in the top of the fifth inning, Cashmere scored twice. The Jacks once again refused to yield, with Tarango driving in a run with a single to right field. Another hit batter drove in a run from third, tying things up at 8 apiece.
Then, in the top of the seventh, after throwing out a Cashmere runner at home, the Quincy Jacks surrendered an RBI single that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Next up for the Jacks (0-9) is a doubleheader against East Valley-Yakima at home April 7, starting at 11 a.m. The Red Devils are 8-1, good enough for first place in the CWAC.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com