Two Gems, two Hoots earn Prospect League recognition
Prospect League

Two Gems, two Hoots earn Prospect League recognition

QUINCY -- The Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots both had two players named to the Prospect League West Division all-star team that was announced Tuesday. Second baseman Cody Birdsong and outfielder/pitcher Cody Klotz were picked from the Gems, and starting pi

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Butler becomes second team to leave Prospect League
Prospect League

Butler becomes second team to leave Prospect League

QUINCY -- The Butler BlueSox, who have played in the Prospect League since its inception in 2008, is leaving the summer wooden bat collegiate baseball league. The BlueSox announced the departure in a news release last week. The move wasn't a surprise to Pr

Birdsong lifts Gems in extras to cap off season
Prospect League

Birdsong lifts Gems in extras to cap off season

QUINCY -- The Hannibal Hoots brought in their outfield to prevent the Quincy Gems' Francisco Rodriguez from moving from first base to third on any hit in the bottom of the 10th inning. Cody Birdsong brought him home on a ball that cleared everyone's heads.

Hoots wrap up Prospect League season with home victory
Prospect League

Hoots wrap up Prospect League season with home victory

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A four-run sixth inning helped the Hannibal Hoots wrap up their season with a 7-3 Prospect League victory over Springfield Friday night at Clemens Field. The Hoots finished their inaugural season 25-35 and in fifth place in the West Divisi

Doubleheader split knocks Gems out of race for postseason
Prospect League

Doubleheader split knocks Gems out of race for postseason

KOKOMO, Ind. -- The Quincy Gems' dying postseason hopes were finally extinguished Wednesday night. Taylor Soper allowed three hits and walked just one batter in the first game of a Prospect League doubleheader as the Kokomo Jackrabbits defeated the Gems 5-

Hoots see first season as success with plenty of room to improve
Prospect League

Hoots see first season as success with plenty of room to improve

The Hannibal Hoots didn't make the Prospect League playoffs, nor did they have a winning record in their inaugural campaign this summer. The Hoots officials, however, believe that meant the season was successful.

Two for Four: Gems' Rodriguez, Hoots' Kraus take swing at four questions
Prospect League

Two for Four: Gems' Rodriguez, Hoots' Kraus take swing at four questions

The Herald-Whig sports staff will go beyond the field each week to find out a little more about the Quincy Gems and Hannibal Hoots.

Two unearned runs in sixth cost Hoots on road
Prospect League

Two unearned runs in sixth cost Hoots on road

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Dylan Chisholm allowed just five hits over 7 2/3 innings, but two unearned runs that scored in the sixth inning led to a 3-2 loss for the Hannibal Hoots in a Tuesday night Prospect League game against the Terre Haute Rex. Hannibal was

Split keeps Gems' slim playoff hopes alive
Prospect League

Split keeps Gems' slim playoff hopes alive

QUINCY -- Kyle Crowl admits it has been hard to not look at his batting numbers as he struggles at the plate. The Quincy Gems infielder had collected just two hits in his last 21 at-bats and was hitting .253 entering Monday night's Prospect League doublehe

Hoots pull plug on Sliders' playoff hopes
Prospect League

Hoots pull plug on Sliders' playoff hopes

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal Hoots scored five runs in the final two innings to pull away for a 9-2 victory over the Springfield Sliders on Monday night at Clemens Field. The loss officially eliminated the Sliders from playoff competition in the West Divi