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Green's three-run home run in seventh counts after delayed dead ball call

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For about two minutes neither Quincy Junior American Legion Post 37 baseball team or Highland Post 439 understood what just happened. More>>

Playing loose has turned into victories for Gems

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The Quincy Gems started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel about a week ago. More>>

Gems' playoff hopes take a hit with thumping by Dans

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The Quincy Gems entered Thursday night with a chance to close ground on the Danville Dans in the Prospect League overall standings. More>>

Cavemen benefit from error to beat Kokomo

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One poor throw to first base provided just enough offense for the Hannibal Cavemen. More>>

Cavemen knock off division-leading Rex

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The Hannibal Cavemen stunned the West Division-leading Terre Haute Rex Wednesday, scoring the game's final three runs en route to a 4-3 victory at Clemens Field. More>>

Gems sweep Jackrabbits to win seven of last eight games

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t didn't take the Quincy Gems long to keep their Prospect League playoff hopes alive for another night Wednesday. More>>

Walters' wallop sets tone early in Gems' 11-1 victory over Kokomo

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QUINCY — Sometimes, the sound gives it away. Jake Walters' first swing of the night created a crack so loud that there was little doubt the ball he hit would sail over the left-field wall at QU Stadium. More>>

Post 37 hoping home-field advantage leads to success at junior legion state tourney

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QUINCY — Last year, the Quincy Junior American Legion Post 37 baseball team had a nearly three-hour drive to Belleville, Ill., to play in the state tournament. This year, the Legionnaires don't have to go nearly as far... More>>

Prospect League Notebook: Granier heads home, leaving Gems short of front-line pitching

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Quincy Gems right-handed pitcher Kade Granier won his fifth straight game last week in a 5-2 victory over the Kokomo Jackrabbits on July 23. He won't pitch again for the Gems this season, however, as Granier was shut down for the summer by the Southeastern Louisiana University coaching staff... More>>

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  • Offering a helping hand: Gems' Walters ready to pitch in during times of need

    Offering a helping hand: Gems' Walters ready to pitch in during times of need

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-07-28 16:07:21 GMT
    QUINCY — Jake Walters can't imagine what it's like to run into a burning building. The heat. The smoke. The danger. "Obviously, I won't know what that's like until I'm doing it," said Walters, the Quincy Gems infielder who plans to become a firefighter when his career ends. "But I think it's something I can handle...
    QUINCY — Jake Walters can't imagine what it's like to run into a burning building. The heat. The smoke. The danger. "Obviously, I won't know what that's like until I'm doing it," said Walters, the Quincy Gems infielder who plans to become a firefighter when his career ends. "But I think it's something I can handle...
  • Schuckman: Social media turns baseball's trade rumors into feeding frenzy

    Schuckman: Social media turns baseball's trade rumors into feeding frenzy

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 12:04 PM EDT2015-07-28 16:04:23 GMT
    Rajai Davis hasn't been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Not yet. Probably not ever. Although the Detroit Tigers center fielder is considered one of the pieces the franchise could move before Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline, St. Louis doesn't seem like a viable destination...
    Rajai Davis hasn't been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. Not yet. Probably not ever. Although the Detroit Tigers center fielder is considered one of the pieces the franchise could move before Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline, St. Louis doesn't seem like a viable destination...
  • Adams, Fauble keep their composure in capturing men's city doubles title

    Adams, Fauble keep their composure in capturing men's city doubles title

    Monday, July 27 2015 11:18 AM EDT2015-07-27 15:18:28 GMT
    QUINCY — Collin Adams felt Andrew Fauble needed a boost. Fauble double faulted on a serve and lost another point while just a point away from winning the title in the men's open division of the Quincy City Doubles Championships at the Quincy Racquet Club...
    QUINCY — Collin Adams felt Andrew Fauble needed a boost. Fauble double faulted on a serve and lost another point while just a point away from winning the title in the men's open division of the Quincy City Doubles Championships at the Quincy Racquet Club...
  • Lady Hawks team up to put away city doubles title in straight sets

    Lady Hawks team up to put away city doubles title in straight sets

    Monday, July 27 2015 11:17 AM EDT2015-07-27 15:17:24 GMT
    QUINCY — Sydney Lynch and Amy Kuhle looked at being forced to win seven games to win Sunday's first set as only a minor setback. Their best was still to come...
    QUINCY — Sydney Lynch and Amy Kuhle looked at being forced to win seven games to win Sunday's first set as only a minor setback. Their best was still to come...
  • Gems maintain playoff push by beating Sliders

    Gems maintain playoff push by beating Sliders

    Monday, July 27 2015 11:15 AM EDT2015-07-27 15:15:55 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With less than two weeks remaining in the Prospect League season, the defending champion is making a playoff push. The Quincy Gems have closed within 4 1/2 games of potentially earning a postseason bid, winning for the fifth time in their last six games by beating the Springfield Sliders 4-2...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — With less than two weeks remaining in the Prospect League season, the defending champion is making a playoff push. The Quincy Gems have closed within 4 1/2 games of potentially earning a postseason bid, winning for the fifth time in their last six games by beating the Springfield Sliders 4-2...
  • Eikleberry, Cavemen shut Jackrabbits down

    Eikleberry, Cavemen shut Jackrabbits down

    Monday, July 27 2015 11:14 AM EDT2015-07-27 15:14:29 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Jake Eikleberry hasn't needed an overwhelming amount of run support this summer to fashion one of the better pitching lines in the Prospect League. Sunday night, all he needed was one run...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Jake Eikleberry hasn't needed an overwhelming amount of run support this summer to fashion one of the better pitching lines in the Prospect League. Sunday night, all he needed was one run...
  • Cavemen continue to struggle at the plate in loss at home

    Cavemen continue to struggle at the plate in loss at home

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:41 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:41:04 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Double plays hurt the Hannibal Cavemen Saturday night. The Cavemen grounded into three double plays during a 6-1 loss to Kokomo in a Prospect League game at Clemens Field...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Double plays hurt the Hannibal Cavemen Saturday night. The Cavemen grounded into three double plays during a 6-1 loss to Kokomo in a Prospect League game at Clemens Field...
  • Gems erupt offensively with season high in hits while beating Sliders

    Gems erupt offensively with season high in hits while beating Sliders

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:41 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:41:03 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Quincy Gems opened the floodgates at the plate Saturday night. The Gems collected a season-high 15 hits and reached double digits in runs for the third time this season in an 11-7 Prospect League victory over Springfield at Robin Roberts Stadium...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Quincy Gems opened the floodgates at the plate Saturday night. The Gems collected a season-high 15 hits and reached double digits in runs for the third time this season in an 11-7 Prospect League victory over Springfield at Robin Roberts Stadium...
  • Family tandem of Holzgrafe, McIssac find success on the court

    Family tandem of Holzgrafe, McIssac find success on the court

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:41 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:41:03 GMT
    QUINCY — Rebecca McIssac had two reasons to play in the women's open division of the Quincy City Doubles Championships. First, she'd get to meet her future Quincy University teammates. Second, she'd get to play alongside her aunt, Becky Holzgrafe, a reigning city doubles champion...
    QUINCY — Rebecca McIssac had two reasons to play in the women's open division of the Quincy City Doubles Championships. First, she'd get to meet her future Quincy University teammates. Second, she'd get to play alongside her aunt, Becky Holzgrafe, a reigning city doubles champion...
  • Taking on the world: After medaling at European Youth Cup, Miller put sights on pro archery career and Olympic dreams

    Taking on the world: After medaling at European Youth Cup, Miller put sights on pro archery career and Olympic dreams

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:41 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:41:03 GMT
    QUINCY — With the television cameras focused on his daughter, Brooke, and her focus entirely on the target down range, Kevin Miller stood quietly several feet behind her as she drew back her bow. He said nothing. All he could do was watch and listen. The thump of the arrow burying itself in the target 30 yards away told him everything. As usual, Brooke hit her mark...
    QUINCY — With the television cameras focused on his daughter, Brooke, and her focus entirely on the target down range, Kevin Miller stood quietly several feet behind her as she drew back her bow. He said nothing. All he could do was watch and listen. The thump of the arrow burying itself in the target 30 yards away told him everything. As usual, Brooke hit her mark...
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  • Hinkamper captures sixth straight men's city tennis championship

    Hinkamper captures sixth straight men's city tennis championship

    Monday, July 20 2015 12:04 PM EDT2015-07-20 16:04:26 GMT
    QUINCY — Bill LaTour may not move as well on the tennis court as he once did, but Ian Hinkamper knows not to be fooled by that. "He's an extremely intelligent player," Hinkamper said. "He knows the game as well as anyone." Because of that, Hinkamper knew he wouldn't win any cheap points during Sunday's championship match in the men's open division...
    QUINCY — Bill LaTour may not move as well on the tennis court as he once did, but Ian Hinkamper knows not to be fooled by that. "He's an extremely intelligent player," Hinkamper said. "He knows the game as well as anyone." Because of that, Hinkamper knew he wouldn't win any cheap points during Sunday's championship match in the men's open division...
  • Fauble regains form, recaptures city tennis championship

    Fauble regains form, recaptures city tennis championship

    Monday, July 20 2015 12:03 PM EDT2015-07-20 16:03:03 GMT
    QUINCY — Kadi Fauble doesn't play tennis as often as she once did. "It used to be every day," she said. "Now it's once a week." School, a summer job and a myriad of other things take up the Quincy High School graduate and University of Missouri junior's time...
    QUINCY — Kadi Fauble doesn't play tennis as often as she once did. "It used to be every day," she said. "Now it's once a week." School, a summer job and a myriad of other things take up the Quincy High School graduate and University of Missouri junior's time...
  • Gems put ball in play, knock off West Division-leading Rex

    Gems put ball in play, knock off West Division-leading Rex

    Monday, July 20 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-07-20 16:00:06 GMT
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — It started as another night of lost opportunity for the Quincy Gems. That changed in a hurry...
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — It started as another night of lost opportunity for the Quincy Gems. That changed in a hurry...
  • Lightning delay prolongs inevitable in road loss for Gems

    Lightning delay prolongs inevitable in road loss for Gems

    Sunday, July 19 2015 12:49 AM EDT2015-07-19 04:49:26 GMT
    CHILLICOTHE, Ill. — The Quincy Gems didn't take advantage of a 90-minute lightning delay to regroup. All it did was delay the inevitable. The Chillicothe Paints scored in four of the first five innings Saturday night and finished off the Gems following the delay with a three-run eighth inning, earning an 8-0 victory in Prospect League play at VA Memorial Stadium...
    CHILLICOTHE, Ill. — The Quincy Gems didn't take advantage of a 90-minute lightning delay to regroup. All it did was delay the inevitable. The Chillicothe Paints scored in four of the first five innings Saturday night and finished off the Gems following the delay with a three-run eighth inning, earning an 8-0 victory in Prospect League play at VA Memorial Stadium...
  • City singles tennis tourney in full swing despite weather-related obstacles

    City singles tennis tourney in full swing despite weather-related obstacles

    Sunday, July 19 2015 12:46 AM EDT2015-07-19 04:46:10 GMT
    QUINCY — Members of the Quincy Tennis Association were prepared to help the Quincy Park District clean up the debris and damage to Reservoir Park and the Greeman Tennis Center. "We could have made it playable and safe to play," said Todd Willing, a certified professional with the Quincy Racquet Club and director of the Quincy City Singles Championships taking place this weekend...
    QUINCY — Members of the Quincy Tennis Association were prepared to help the Quincy Park District clean up the debris and damage to Reservoir Park and the Greeman Tennis Center. "We could have made it playable and safe to play," said Todd Willing, a certified professional with the Quincy Racquet Club and director of the Quincy City Singles Championships taking place this weekend...
  • Schuckman: QU athletes face this question as school year nears: Are they ready to Hawk Up?

    Schuckman: QU athletes face this question as school year nears: Are they ready to Hawk Up?

    Sunday, July 19 2015 12:44 AM EDT2015-07-19 04:44:05 GMT
    By the time the last student-athlete on campus moved out of the dorms in late spring, Quincy University's success during the 2014-15 school year had become a memory. That's the fickle nature of a what-have-you-done-lately society. Still, the moments the Hawks created were significant...
    By the time the last student-athlete on campus moved out of the dorms in late spring, Quincy University's success during the 2014-15 school year had become a memory. That's the fickle nature of a what-have-you-done-lately society. Still, the moments the Hawks created were significant...
  • Gems earn split as Granier delivers another stellar start

    Gems earn split as Granier delivers another stellar start

    Friday, July 17 2015 2:57 PM EDT2015-07-17 18:57:40 GMT
    BUTLER, Pa. -- When the Quincy Gems need to win a game, no one delivers better than Kade Granier. The right-hander from Southeastern Louisiana University earned his fourth straight victory Thursday night, handcuffing the Butler BlueSix over seven innings of a 4-2 victory that gave the Gems a Prospect League doubleheader split at
    BUTLER, Pa. -- When the Quincy Gems need to win a game, no one delivers better than Kade Granier. The right-hander from Southeastern Louisiana University earned his fourth straight victory Thursday night, handcuffing the Butler BlueSix over seven innings of a 4-2 victory that gave the Gems a Prospect League doubleheader split at
  • Gems unable to move runners around in loss to Rex

    Gems unable to move runners around in loss to Rex

    Wednesday, July 15 2015 12:02 PM EDT2015-07-15 16:02:24 GMT
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The top of the Quincy Gems' order did exactly what it is asked to do. The heart of the order didn't.
    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The top of the Quincy Gems' order did exactly what it is asked to do. The heart of the order didn't.
  • Nothing careless about Griggs' approach to the game

    Nothing careless about Griggs' approach to the game

    Tuesday, July 14 2015 11:32 AM EDT2015-07-14 15:32:17 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Sam Griggs knows his walk-up music is a bit unusual. In his first at-bat of the Prospect League season for the Hannibal Cavemen, Griggs dug in while George Michael's "Careless Whisper" played at Clemens Field. When he got back to the dugout, his Cavemen teammates were bewildered.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Sam Griggs knows his walk-up music is a bit unusual. In his first at-bat of the Prospect League season for the Hannibal Cavemen, Griggs dug in while George Michael's "Careless Whisper" played at Clemens Field. When he got back to the dugout, his Cavemen teammates were bewildered.
  • Revenge is sweet as Adams, Fauble overcome semifinal nemesis

    Revenge is sweet as Adams, Fauble overcome semifinal nemesis

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:41 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:41:03 GMT
    QUINCY — Collin Adams and Andrew Fauble were hoping for payback Saturday. The doubles team earned a rematch with Ryan Schnack and Curtis Fauble -- Andrew's father -- in the semifinals of the men's open division of the Quincy City Doubles Championships at the Quincy Racquet Club...
    QUINCY — Collin Adams and Andrew Fauble were hoping for payback Saturday. The doubles team earned a rematch with Ryan Schnack and Curtis Fauble -- Andrew's father -- in the semifinals of the men's open division of the Quincy City Doubles Championships at the Quincy Racquet Club...
  • Gems see three-game winning streak snapped by Jackrabbits

    Gems see three-game winning streak snapped by Jackrabbits

    Saturday, July 25 2015 2:28 AM EDT2015-07-25 06:28:03 GMT
    QUINCY — Bill Oxford wanted to go one more inning Friday night. The Quincy Gems right-hander went back out for the sixth inning after the Gems used a four-run outburst in the fifth to grab a one-run lead. Five batters later, the Kokomo Jackrabbits took the lead back...
    QUINCY — Bill Oxford wanted to go one more inning Friday night. The Quincy Gems right-hander went back out for the sixth inning after the Gems used a four-run outburst in the fifth to grab a one-run lead. Five batters later, the Kokomo Jackrabbits took the lead back...
  • College Notebook: QU football program promotes two assistant coaches

    College Notebook: QU football program promotes two assistant coaches

    Saturday, July 25 2015 2:25 AM EDT2015-07-25 06:25:58 GMT
    The impact Jason Killday and Gary Bass had on the success of the Quincy University football team's offense last fall might not have been noticeable from the stands. In the locker room and coaching offices, it was undeniable...
    The impact Jason Killday and Gary Bass had on the success of the Quincy University football team's offense last fall might not have been noticeable from the stands. In the locker room and coaching offices, it was undeniable...
  • Cavemen finally reward Stepanof for another stellar start

    Cavemen finally reward Stepanof for another stellar start

    Saturday, July 25 2015 2:21 AM EDT2015-07-25 06:21:44 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Elliott Stepanof finally got the run support he richly deserved. He finally got a victory, too. The Hannibal Cavemen right-handed pitcher stymied the Springfield Sliders on Friday night at Clemens Field, limiting them to one run and seven hits while his teammates rewarded him with five runs...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Elliott Stepanof finally got the run support he richly deserved. He finally got a victory, too. The Hannibal Cavemen right-handed pitcher stymied the Springfield Sliders on Friday night at Clemens Field, limiting them to one run and seven hits while his teammates rewarded him with five runs...
  • Piscotty gets chance to watch older brother make Major League Baseball debut

    Piscotty gets chance to watch older brother make Major League Baseball debut

    Friday, July 24 2015 12:14 PM EDT2015-07-24 16:14:19 GMT
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    Austin Piscotty got an unexpected phone call from his brother, Stephen, while on the bus ride from Terre Haute on Sunday night. In a matter of seconds, he knew why. “I wasn’t sure what it was for in the beginning,” Austin said. “Then he said, ‘The reason I’m calling,’ and paused for a second. That’s when it clicked.”
    Austin Piscotty got an unexpected phone call from his brother, Stephen, while on the bus ride from Terre Haute on Sunday night. In a matter of seconds, he knew why. “I wasn’t sure what it was for in the beginning,” Austin said. “Then he said, ‘The reason I’m calling,’ and paused for a second. That’s when it clicked.”
  • Putting on a show: World of Outlaws, sprint cars delight huge crowd at Quincy Raceways

    Putting on a show: World of Outlaws, sprint cars delight huge crowd at Quincy Raceways

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:54 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:54:22 GMT
    Dirt late model hall of famer Billy Moyer is never one to allow the intricacies of racing to get in the way of one of his comfortable down-home explanations.
    Dirt late model hall of famer Billy Moyer is never one to allow the intricacies of racing to get in the way of one of his comfortable down-home explanations.
  • Cavemen unable to hold leads, fall in both ends of doubleheader

    Cavemen unable to hold leads, fall in both ends of doubleheader

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:52 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:52:32 GMT
    Yet again, the Hannibal Cavemen bullpen struggled.After taking the Danville Dans to extra innings in the first game of Thursday's Prospect League doubleheader and taking the lead in the top of the eighth inning, the Cavemen gave the game away.
    Yet again, the Hannibal Cavemen bullpen struggled.After taking the Danville Dans to extra innings in the first game of Thursday's Prospect League doubleheader and taking the lead in the top of the eighth inning, the Cavemen gave the game away.
  • Villa's homer, Granier's pitching leads Gems to third straight win

    Villa's homer, Granier's pitching leads Gems to third straight win

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:36 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:36:21 GMT
    The bottom of the third inning Thursday night had the makings of a quick one for the Quincy Gems.
    The bottom of the third inning Thursday night had the makings of a quick one for the Quincy Gems.
  • Post 37 unable to sustain momentum, gets eliminated from division tourney

    Post 37 unable to sustain momentum, gets eliminated from division tourney

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:29 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:29:33 GMT
    A late-inning rally and a walk-off single that kept the Quincy American Legion Post 37 baseball team from being eliminated from the Third Division Tournament seemed to have reinvigorated the Legionnaires.
    A late-inning rally and a walk-off single that kept the Quincy American Legion Post 37 baseball team from being eliminated from the Third Division Tournament seemed to have reinvigorated the Legionnaires.
  • Meyer's lone hit comes at best time for Gems

    Meyer's lone hit comes at best time for Gems

    Thursday, July 23 2015 10:53 AM EDT2015-07-23 14:53:25 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Aaron Meyer knew he was hitless in his five previous at-bats while digging in the batter's box in the top of the 11th inning Wednesday night. It was the furthest thing from the Quincy Gems' shortstop's mind.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Aaron Meyer knew he was hitless in his five previous at-bats while digging in the batter's box in the top of the 11th inning Wednesday night. It was the furthest thing from the Quincy Gems' shortstop's mind.
  • Gems desperate for help in bullpen as season winds down

    Gems desperate for help in bullpen as season winds down

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 11:16 AM EDT2015-07-22 15:16:10 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Quincy Gems manager Chris Martin knows the club's bullpen is hurting. With 16 games remaining, the Gems will take any arms they can get the rest of the way.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Quincy Gems manager Chris Martin knows the club's bullpen is hurting. With 16 games remaining, the Gems will take any arms they can get the rest of the way.
  • Prospect League notebook: Quincy able to find gem by moving Granier to starting rotation

    Prospect League notebook: Quincy able to find gem by moving Granier to starting rotation

    Tuesday, July 21 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-07-21 15:05:21 GMT
    Quincy Gems right-hander Kade Granier is back in his comfort zone. That's allowed the Gems to get back in the win column, too. After making five relief appearances the first month of the Prospect League season, Granier moved into the starting rotation in late June when he went seven strong innings...
    Quincy Gems right-hander Kade Granier is back in his comfort zone. That's allowed the Gems to get back in the win column, too. After making five relief appearances the first month of the Prospect League season, Granier moved into the starting rotation in late June when he went seven strong innings...
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