By Mari Erin Roth
The Trojan softball team finished their league undefeated record with a 4-game streak. The final game of the season was a pair of victories over their rivals, the Portola Tigers. Quincy hosted Portola May 3 and won 17-7. Portola hosted Quincy May 6 and the Trojans won again, 9-4. A doubleheader with Biggs took place on April 29 bringing the Trojans another pair of wins, 3-2 and 10-5. QHS head softball coach Mike Yalung is looking forward to playoffs, “The seeding meeting is Friday (May 13) … we will play next Tuesday (May 17).” The locations of the games will also be announced at that time.
May 6: Trojans 9, Tigers 4
The last game of the regular league schedule took place May 6th in Portola. The visiting Trojans stepped up to the plate first and brought in one run. The Tigers snagged the lead in the bottom of that inning with three big runs. Quincy came back in the top of the 2nd inning to tie things up, 3-3, and then broke down the gate in the top of the 3rd inning to add 6 more runs. The Tigers put an additional mark on the scoreboard in the bottom of that inning for the final score, 9-4.
Quincy runs were scored by Jenna Peay, Gaia Nelson, Kristin Murphy, Kayla Thackeray, Lexi Baumgartner, and Emma Beatley. RBIs were hit by Thackeray, E. Beatley, and Brystol Beatley. Murphy and McKynlee Gay managed to steal a base each from the Tigers. Brystol Beatley pitched the entire game and struck out 7 Tiger batters throwing 48 pitches in 7 innings.
Portola runs were scored by Maggie Klemesrud, Clara Klemesrud, and Ashley Wicks. Two RBIs were hit by M. Klemesrud. Alyssa Ross and M. Klemesrud both hit triples in the game. Peyton Wicks had a long game pitching, throwing 107 pitches, and striking out four Tigers.
May 3: Trojans 17, Tigers 7
The first of the two rivalry games took place in Quincy. The Portola Tigers jumped right in to score 2 runs in the first inning. The Trojans came back hard with 5 runs in the bottom of that inning. The Tigers added another run in the top of the 2nd inning, and Quincy burned down the baselines to add 8 more of their own, 13-3. Portola fought hard and put 4 runs on the board in the 3rd inning, 13-7. The Trojans added 2 runs to their lead, and 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning for the final score, 17-7.
Tiger runs were scored by Ross (2), M. Klemesrud, Adrina James (2), C. Klemesrud, and Wicks. Ross hit two doubles that game and Wicks also hit a double. M. Klemesrud stole a base from QHS pitcher Brystol Beatley. Tiger pitchers were Wicks and James. Wicks struck out 4 Trojans while pitching 4 innings. James struck out one Trojan during her 2 innings on the mound.
Trojan runs were scored by Nelson, Vivian Thielman-Gifford, Murphy, Hailey Crump, Natalie Davis, and 4 runs came from Lexi Baumgartner. One of Baumgartner’s hits was a triple. Vivian T-G hit a double, as did Savannah Little and Baumgartner. RBIs came from Nelson, Vivian T-G (2), Little (3), Murphy (3), Baumgartner (2), and E. Beatley. Davis stole 2 bases from the Tiger pitchers and Baumgartner and E. Beatley stole one.
Brystol Beatley struck out 4 Tigers at the plate while pitching the 5-inning game, throwing 42 pitches.
Two wins from the Biggs doubleheader
The first of the 2 games with the Wolverines was a Trojan win, 3-2. Biggs scored first in the top of the opening inning with a run, and then scored another run in the top of the 3rd inning. Quincy finally got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the 4th inning but trailed until the final at bat of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning where they added the 2 winning runs.
Trojans earning those runs by crossing home plate were Laney Barreno, M. Gay, and B. Beatley. RBIs were hit by Vivian T-G and Baumgartner. M. Gay was able to steal a base. B. Beatley pitched all 5 innings to strike out 5 Wolverine batters.
Trojans win again
In game two of the doubleheader, the Trojans won by a score of 10-5. Both teams defense held fast until the bottom of the 2nd inning when the Trojans broke through to score a pair of runs. The Biggs girls came back to take the lead with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Quincy squeaked by with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead by a run, 4-3. The Wolverines tied it up with a run in the top of the 4th inning. Quincy did the same, scoring a run in the bottom of the inning, to take back the top dog spot. Biggs played along and added one run to tie again in the top of the 5th inning and held the Trojans scoreless in the bottom of the inning. Maybe they could pull off a win? The Trojans returned the favor and allowed no further Wolverine scoring in the top of the 6th inning AND added 5 Quincy runs to totally tip the scale, 10-5. The Wolverines had a chance in the top of the 7th inning but the Trojans held firm to their lead and gave up zilch to the Biggs team.
McKynlee Gay pitched 2.2 innings throwing 40 pitches to 15 batters and struck out 5 Wolverines. Brystol Beatley pitched 4.1 innings throwing 35 pitches to 22 batters and struck out 3 Wolverines. Four RBIs were hit by Trojan Savannah Little. Addison and McKynlee Gay both hit 2 RBIs each. Kristin Murphy also hit an RBI. QHS runs were scored by Barreno, Thackeray, Baumgartner (2), A. Gay (2), M. Gay (2), and Emma Beatley. McKynlee Gay hit a home run in the game. Addison Gay hit a triple. Little hit a double.