Quincie Cross to receive scholarship at AT&T Park

Skye Kinkade
If you tune into the San Francisco Giants game on Saturday afternoon, you might see Mount Shasta’s own Quincie Cross on the field at AT&T Park. During a pre-game ceremony, the Sisson eighth grader will be accepting the Harmon and Sue Burns Scholarship, which awards her $2,500 upon graduation from high school.

If you tune into the San Francisco Giants game on Saturday afternoon, you might see Mount Shasta’s own Quincie Cross on the field at AT&T Park. During a pre-game ceremony, the Sisson eighth grader will be accepting the Harmon and Sue Burns Scholarship, which awards her $2,500 upon graduation from high school.

Quincie is one of just 10 eighth graders in the 70 towns and cities that participate in the Junior Giants program to receive the award.

Tune in the following day, Sunday, Aug. 11 and you’ll see Mount Shasta’s own Mike Rodriguez and John Kennedy Jr. on the third and first base lines fetching foul balls. They were selected for the honor because of their long involvement with the Junior Giants program.

About 100 local Junior Giants players will be cheering on their team on Sunday. Each year, the Giants provide tickets so players can see a live game in San Francisco.

Quincie applied for the scholarship through the Junior Giants program, which is funded through the Giants Community Fund. She’s been playing Junior Giants since 2009.

To apply, she wrote three short essays and got two recommendations – one from Junior Giants coach Garren Hanon and the other from one of her past teachers, Cheryl Keiner.

Quincie isn’t the first person in her family to earn honors from their favorite baseball team. In 2009, her older sister Sydney won the Willie Mac Award and in 2012, her dad Parish won the Willie Mac award as a Junior Giants coach.

Quincie said she’d like to stay involved with the Junior Giants program in years to come by volunteering to help out and continuing to play ball.

Quincie is a pitcher who plays on the travel softball team, Heat. She’s also Sisson’s eighth grade class president, a Cubs cheerleader and has always been a straight A student.

“The intent of the (Junior Giants) program is to bring the fun of baseball to children without the competition,” said Rodriguez, who will be only feet from Pablo Sandoval on the third base line Sunday afternoon.

Junior Giants players will have the opportunity to walk in a parade on AT&T field before the game.

It was Rodriguez’s interest that brought the Junior Giants program to Mount Shasta. Eighteen years ago, Rodriguez said he was invited to check out the program on behalf of the Mount Shasta Recreation and Parks District. Already an avid Giants fan, Rodriguez liked what he saw and soon began the program’s northernmost league in California.

Some 17,000 children participate in the program in 70 leagues.

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the summer, kids meet at the Youth Sports Park for fun practices and non-competitive games. The program is free to boys and girls ages 5 to 13.

Players learn the fundamentals of baseball and four bases of character development, including integrity, confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship and participate in programs including reading, health and violence prevention.

As for Quincie, she doesn’t know who she might meet on the field or behind the scenes at AT&T Park’s Executive Meeting Room, but she’s hoping it’s Buster Posey, her favorite Giant.

Sisson eighth grader Quincie Cross earned the Harmon and Sue Burns Scholarship and will accept the award at an on-field ceremony at AT&T Park before Saturday’s San Francisco Giants game against the Baltimore Orioles.   Photo by Skye Kinkade