Trojans baseball blows out Portola
Whatever kinks the Quincy High School baseball team had going into the season appear to have been worked out. Quincy solidified its lineup at the Biggs tournament March 28 to win two big games.
Quincy started its tournament play against rival Portola. The Trojans’ batting was superb and ultimately won them the game. Quincy steadily produced runs to win a whopping 25-4. Later in the day the Trojans took on hosting team Biggs and once again came out ahead in a high-scoring game for a 15-8 victory.
“We did pretty good at Biggs,” commented Quincy coach Randy Kelsch. “The boys hit well and took care of business. We’re starting to find out where we need to be.”
Hit well, indeed. Quincy totaled 40 runs in 14 innings. Against Portola, all but one Quincy player got at least one hit. Against Biggs, the Trojans played equally well at bat, but gave up more hits on the mound.
Quincy stayed ahead of the Tigers the entire game. The Trojans were up 9-0 in the sixth inning before Portola got its first run in. Portola scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth before Quincy ran up 16 runs in the next and final inning.
One after another, Quincy’s batters hammered Portola’s pitchers. Keston Pilgrim, Erik Schwartz and Kyle Froggatt all homered. Pilgrim’s homer was even a grand slam. Pilgrim led the team in RBIs with four, followed by Froggatt and Chase McDonald with three each.
Jake Wallace showed off his speed with three stolen bases. Gavin Henderson pitched the majority of the game with a 3.94 ERA and Adrik Yacelga closed it out.
Against Biggs, the Trojans actually spent most of the game playing catch-up. Biggs scored four runs in the first inning compared to Quincy’s two in the first and one in the second. The Trojans had a big fourth inning that gained them five more runs and put them ahead. Seven more runs ensured Quincy its win.
At bat, Tristin Ray went three for four, which resulted in three runs. Biggs’ pitchers walked 15 Quincy batters to give the Trojans a good advantage. Wallace started for Quincy, striking out six batters. Yacelga once again closed, and struck out the three batters he faced.
Quincy was supposed to play Colusa for the tournament championship the following day, but the game was rained out. Quincy and Colusa were named co-champions.
The recent downpour also affected the Trojans’ home field. According to Kelsch, when the team returned home, they found ducks swimming in center field.
In other news involving Plumas County’s high school baseball teams, Portola turned around to dominate its second game of the Biggs tournament, against Williams. Chester played one game last week, losing to University Prep. Greenville was supposed to host Loyalton on March 27, but the game was canceled due to weather.
Portola 20, Williams 2
Later in the afternoon, after the lopsided loss to Quincy, the Tigers came back to wallop Williams. Though the win was impressive, juxtaposed with the loss against Quincy, it ended up frustrating Portola coach Tim Brubaker.
“My guys have to learn to compete all of the time, not just some of the time,” said Brubaker. “We have a young team that still has a lot to learn. Against Quincy, we didn’t compete from the first pitch thrown. Then against Williams, we won the game early.”
Williams struck first blood with one run in the top of the first. Portola came back with five runs in the first, four in the second, nine in the third and one in the fourth. Portola’s batters finally got into their zones.
Will Marquette led the Tigers at bat, and even hit a grand slam during the game. Traven Carnes pitched the whole game for Portola, striking out four batters and giving up only three hits with two runs.
University Prep 3, Chester 2
Chester traveled to University Prep on March 27 for its only game of the week. The wind was blowing pretty hard, which made for some difficult playing conditions.
Both teams had trouble at bat, but University Prep squeaked out one more run than Chester to win the game. The Volcanoes scored their only two runs in the sixth inning.
University Prep’s pitcher was spot-on, and struck out 11 Chester batters. In contrast, Chester only struck out five batters from University Prep.
“(We’re) just not coming through with big hits,” commented Chester coach Terry Hernandez. “(We) missed a pop-up that scored one too. Good game.”