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Posted on May 8, 2019

Comeback falls short for Quincy Jacks baseball team

A gutsy six-run rally was not enough to keep the Quincy Jacks in the district playoffs, as the team fell, 9-6, to Grandview last week.
The Jacks fell into a 4-0 hole after the first inning, then kept the Greyhounds at bay long enough to engineer a comeback in the sixth inning with six Jacks coming around to score.
The seesawing Grandview offense came back to life in the top of the seventh to put the game away with three more runs.
Nick Gonzalez went five innings and gave up three earned runs, striking out five. Mike Spence pitched three innings in relief, giving up three earned runs, with three strikeouts.
Justin Thompson had two singles in a 2-of-4 effort. Noah Tarango went 1-of-3 with a double and a walk. Owen Mar-Nicholson went 1-of-2 with a single and a walk.
Connor Donovan went 1-of-1 with a single, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
The close loss ends a season of tough breaks and resilient comebacks for the Quincy Jacks, whose head coach at the beginning of the season, Andy Harris, resigned after one game due to personal reasons. He returned to a warm welcome for Senior Day ceremonies.
Assistant coach Colton Loomis took the reins, and the Jacks returned to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus, posting a winning record, 7-6, one year after winning just four games in a 2018 campaign that included a 12-game losing skid.
The 7-6 record was good enough for first place in the CWAC’s Division 2, where the top three teams advanced to the postseason.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com