Rocky start of season for baseball team
The Quincy High School baseball team holds fast to the hope that better days lie ahead, after a rocky 0-4 start to the season.
After losing to Orting in a 17-7 slugfest, the Jacks have scored one run in the last three games, losing 9-1 at Warden on March 21 and then dropping two to Chelan, 14-0 and 9-0, on March 23.
Colton Loomis, who took over the reins of the program the week prior to the Warden game, following Andy Harris’ sudden resignation for personal reasons, says the team will bounce back from the lopsided start.
“We are sticking to the process and working really hard,” he said. “We just have to trust that baseball will work itself out, as it does in funny ways.”
The team’s mindset is better than last year, with the team staying focused during some tough stretches of play, Loomis said.
“As long as we continue to work on those things, we will continue to be a competitive team,” Loomis said. “I know we haven’t necessarily shown that with the scores we have put up against, but I have seen a lot of growth on this team.”
Baseball is a game rife with adversity, with hitters who fail two out of three times making the Hall of Fame, so keeping a positive mindset is key, Loomis said.
“It’s been great to see these guys working really hard, taking those failures and reflecting upon them,” Loomis said.
A first-time skipper at 25, Loomis said his team will put forth effort, a positive attitude and show respectful behavior.
In a text message, Harris said stepping away from baseball was a tough decision but “I needed to put my family first, with a 2-year-old at home. I will miss each and every one of the athletes I had the opportunity to coach. I am thankful for each of them and am excited to see what they do in the future.”
Harris continued, “I have been very impressed with the growth they have shown; they are becoming leaders. They have taught me a lot and I have learned as much from them as they have learned from me. I would just like to say thank you to them for giving me the opportunity to coach them.”
The athletes will have a special place in Harris’ heart forever, the now-former skipper added.
The players miss Coach Harris, said Loomis, who won a state title with Cashmere seven years ago as a player, and who was on his second season as an assistant in Quincy before ascending to the skipper’s role.
Loomis’ coaching is at its most Harris-like when it comes to highlighting the positives, Loomis said.
“It’s helped me keep a positive mindset this year,” he said. “The scores against us haven’t been great, but we have seen a lot of positives: On the mound, guys throwing more strikes, at the plate, having better at-bats.”
Harris wrote that Loomis had a great knowledge of the game and was a great asset for him as an assistant.
“He is going to do a great job as the head coach at QHS and I’m excited he gets the opportunity to lead these young men. Quincy baseball is in great hands with Coach Loomis,” Harris added.
He praised his assistants, who are now Loomis’ assistants: Diego Garcia, Shaun McNay, Jeff Thompson and Jimmy Tarango.
“Colton will have great assistants and volunteers to help him with his transition,” Harris wrote.
Next up for the Jacks was a game at Cashmere on Tuesday.
“It will be a fun challenge for me,” Loomis said of returning to his baseball roots, this time as head of a program.
Results weren’t available prior to press time. The team hosts Prosser in a doubleheader March 30, starting at 11 a.m.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org