New coach wants Gems to return to championship ways
Prospect League

New coach wants Gems to return to championship ways

QUINCY -- Rick Fraire remembers the feeling of helping the Quincy Gems win a Prospect League championship in 2014. He also remembers the sting of missing the league's playoffs the following summer. "I've been through the highs and the lows," said Fraire, w

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Sixth-inning collapse ends QND's season in sectional championship game
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Sixth-inning collapse ends QND's season in sectional championship game

PLEASANT PLAINS, Ill. -- One more out, and the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team was heading to the seventh inning needing just one run to keep its season alive. Two swings of the bat changed that plan. Pleasant Plains' Carter Weiters hit a two-run home run,

Birdsong is latest QU baseball player to earn All-American
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Birdsong is latest QU baseball player to earn All-American

QUINCY -- Cody Birdsong is keeping the tradition alive. The Quincy University junior second baseman was named a third-team All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association, meaning the Hawks have had at least one player earn...

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Eagles pound out another victory, will play for sectional title

ABINGDON, Ill. -- The pressure of having to continue to win in the postseason hasn't impacted the Liberty baseball team just yet. "We're traveling everybody," Eagles coach Brigham John said. "The seniors are locked in. The freshmen are goofy...

QND uses 10-run inning to overpower Warrensburg-Latham
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QND uses 10-run inning to overpower Warrensburg-Latham

PLEASANT PLAINS, Ill. -- If you're a glass-half-empty kind of baseball fan, you're concerned about the 11 runners left on base and the fact that Quincy Notre Dame had just two hits in five of the game's six innings.

Blue Devils struggle to back up Flowerree's effort
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Blue Devils struggle to back up Flowerree's effort

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Two weeks ago, Dax Flowerree had a splint on his hand and was being told he needed as many as three weeks to recover from ECL tendinitis on the outside of his left hand and wrist. Wednesday night, the senior right-hander...

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Canton's bid for third straight state appearance ends in quarterfinals

RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. -- The Canton baseball team had it set up for a dramatic finish. The ending just didn't go the way the Tigers hoped. Trey Metz struck out with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning in an 8-6 loss to Russellville...

Gooding, Chargers unable to blast way through to title game
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Gooding, Chargers unable to blast way through to title game

SHERRARD, Ill. -- Having homered in both of the Illini West baseball team's regional games, Kennedy Gooding was at it again in Wednesday's Class 2A Sherrard Sectional semifinals. Starting on the mound, Gooding helped himself...

Beyond the Boxscore: Wallingford's relief, Wellman's first earned run, Whittaker's bad hop
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Beyond the Boxscore: Wallingford's relief, Wellman's first earned run, Whittaker's bad hop

Quincy Notre Dame baseball coach Ryan Oden likes the idea of bringing Jase Wallingford out of the bullpen in the postseason. With Nick Wellman and Tommy Ray poised to handle the starting pitching duties for the rest of the postseason, Oden wants to use the 6-foot-8 righty in relief.

Canton scores winning run in bottom of seventh to reach quarterfinal
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Canton scores winning run in bottom of seventh to reach quarterfinal

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Canton's Lance Logsdon has been one of the top pitchers in the area for the past three years, but labrum surgery this past winter has kept him off the mound this spring. That doesn't mean he can't beat teams with his bat. Logsdon scorched