EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont soccer coach Eric Duffey will take a win any way he can get one, but at the same time, he’d like to see his team put away its opposition earlier in games.
The Wildcats scored four second-half goals to break open a tight game and pull away for a 5-1 win over Hanford on Saturday.
“That’s been one of our things this year — when it comes down to the last 15, 20 minutes of the game, goals start dropping,” Duffey said. “Once we get one, more seem to follow. But it does kind of bother me. I tell them, I want my goals and I don’t want to wait.”
Eastmont (6-3 overall, 4-3 Big Nine) was playing shorthanded against the Falcons. The Wildcats were without the services of four starters due to various reasons (red card, injury, team discipline).
But Eastmont was able to overcome the absences as Hernan Mendoza scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the 58th minute.
The Wildcats tacked on three more goals in the game’s last five minutes from Yonaton Rodriguez, Eduardo Chaires and Josh Vanassche.
“It was a good victory for the team in the sense that it showed that we can execute at the level we need to with that many people down,” Duffey said.
Quincy 11-17, Wapato 1-3
Quincy trounced Wapato twice Saturday, belting out 28 hits to score 28 runs in the sweep. Diego Garcia led the offensive attack, going 6-for-7 with six RBIs, four runs scored and two doubles on the day. Manny Ybarra went 4-for-5 and added six RBIs and a pair of triples.
Vashon Island 14, Chelan 4
The Pirates blew things open with an eight-run fifth inning and finished off the Goats in five.
Meridian 9, Cashmere 1
The Bulldogs committed six errors in a game for the second straight day, and this time it cost them.
“We couldn’t get that spark,” coach Jeff Carlson said. “We were kind of flat, and they’re a good team.”
Meridan scored three runs in the first inning to take the lead for good, and the Bulldogs broke up the shutout with a single run in the top of the seventh.
Othello 13-15, Ephrata 0-1
Othello made quick work of the Tigers, finishing off both games in five innings by 10-run rule.
Brewster 16-15, Oroville 0-0
The Bears pounded out a combined a 20 hits while limiting Oroville to just two in a pair of mercy rule-shortened three-inning contests.