Murphy throws no-hitter
Kaeden Murphy pitched a shutout on Saturday against Ellensburg, the defending 2A state champions.
The sophomore leaned on two pitches to grab nine strikes during Saturday’s second game in Ellensburg. The Jacks (2-1) won 2-0, but lost the first game 8-1.
Murphy said he did not get in much trouble until Ellensburg got two runners in scoring position late. But he was able to work out of it with the help of his defense.
“It was pretty smooth,” said Murphy, who’s pitch count was at 113. “It was probably my best game.
“The last inning there was a guy on third and second, but we got out of it. There were a couple of grounders.”
Murphy also credited right fielder Jacob DeLeeuw for helping preserve the no-hitter in the third inning. DeLeeuw snared a shot that had eyes on the wall.
“It was a pretty solid line drive. I thought it was going over his head,” Murphy said.
The offense all came in the third inning. A hit by Nick Lopez scored Gage Stephens, while Lopez scored off the bat of Jesse Villarreal.
“We had back-to-back doubles,” said coach Matt Tait.
In the first game, Mark Horning hit a solo home run. That was about the extent of the positives in the 8-1 loss. Tait said his team came out tentative and it showed.
“We played scared and it was uncharacteristic on we have played the past week,” he said. “I don’t care who’s across the other dugout, just play your game.”
Ellensburg 9-0, Quincy 1-2
Quincy 000 100 0 — 1 2 1
Ellensburg 120 411 x — 9 11 2
Horning, Tobin (5) and Villarreal; Hull, Van Epps (6) and Bibiano.
Highlights: Garrett Hull (E) 5 IP, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 ER, 3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, 3 SB; Mark Horning (Q) HR.
Quincy 002 000 0 — 2 4 3
Ellensburg 000 000 0 — 0 0 2
Murphy and Villarreal; Larsen, Van Epps (6) and Bibiano.
Highlights: Kaden Murphy (Q) 9 K, 4 HBP, 1 BB.
Selah 19, Quincy 3
The Jacks scored first on Monday and held a 3-2 lead heading into the third inning, until the wheels fell off. The visiting Vikings (3-0, 4-0) scored four runs in the fourth, five in the fifth and nine in the sixth inning to blowout the league game. Quincy fell to 1-2, 2-2 on the season.
Selah 020 459 20 23 3
Quincy 210 000 3 7 2
Stretby, Legg (6) and n/a. Horning, Tobin (4), Murphy (5), DeLeeuw (6), Garrison (6) and Villarreal.
Highlights: Villarreal (Q) 2-3, 2B, RBI; Kehl (Q) 1-3, R; Lopez (Q) 1-3, R. Stretby (E) 7K.
Quincy 12, Cle Elum 2
The Jacks defeated Cle Elum last Thursday 12-2 in a non-league contest
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