Whew! Quincy softball team scores 63 in sweep of Toppenish
With scores more befitting the first quarter of a basketball game, the Quincy Lady Jacks softball team swept the Toppenish Wildcats in its league opener on April 6.
Quincy took the first game by the eye-popping score of 28-25, then took the second one 35-10.
The wins landed Quincy, at least temporarily, in first place, with a 2-0 record in league, 2-4 overall.
The wins also snapped a nonleague, four-game losing streak to start the season. The Lady Jacks had lost four nonleague games to Cascade, Wahluke and twice to Cashmere.
Against the Wildcats, the Lady Jacks went at it for almost four hours in the first game, the longest contest in Quincy head coach Pauline Baughman’s coaching career.
Quincy jumped out ahead scoring 10 runs in the first inning, but Toppenish remained undeterred, going after Quincy starting pitcher Mia Ramirez right away.
Ramirez went six innings, at which point Baughman pulled her “when the calls weren’t coming her way and Toppenish was just looking to walk,” Baughman wrote in an email. “The win still definitely belongs to her.”
Toppenish kept coming back, with the pesky Wildcats refusing to go quietly, even in the seventh inning, down 28-19. The visitors scored six runs in that frame, off reliever Lurdes Guzman.
Guzman went 4-for-4, Aileen Perez went 3-for-3 and Giselle Hernandez went 3-for-4 in Game 1.
After watching Toppenish come back time and time again in Game 1, the Lady Jacks learned their lesson and did not let up when given the chance in Game 2.
Again, the Lady Jacks jumped out to a big lead, scoring seven runs in the first inning, and again Toppenish responded, scoring six. The Lady Jacks countered by scoring seven more in the second, then sitting down the Wildcats in order in their half of the frame.
“We knew that Toppenish was ready to rally back so we could not let up,” Baughman wrote. “We also worked harder defensively, which allowed us to keep their score down.”
One of the defensive highlights came thanks to Mia Ramirez catching a fly ball in centerfield for an out and then throwing a runner out at first base for the double play
After the first inning, Quincy yielded only four more runs, with the game going the Lady Jacks’ way after five innings, thanks to the mercy rule.
Guzman went 2-for-3, Esmeralda Buenrostro went 2-for-2, Perez went 4-for-4, and Giselle Hernandez went 3-for-4.
Next up, the team traveled to Othello to face the Huskies on April 9. Scores weren’t available prior to press time. The team hosts Selah on April 11 at 5 p.m. and then Prosser in a doubleheader on April 13, starting at 11 a.m. The home games continue on April 16, against Ellensburg at 4:30 p.m.
What follows is a rare mid-season nonleague contest against Nooksack Valley, a team from Everson, a western Washington town 40 minutes south of the Canadian border. The Pioneers from the west side of the state visit Quincy on April 19 at 4 p.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org