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Illinois arms could be big in all-star showdown

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Advantage, offense. The Illinois pitching staff might challenge that notion. The lineups put together for the seventh annual Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star baseball game suggest pitching will be at a premium and the team that does...

Prospect League

Hoots sweep twinbill with pair of shutouts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Hannibal Hoots enjoyed two of the most complete pitching performances of the Prospect League season to sweep a doubleheader from the Springfield Sliders on Thursday night. Sean Beaver and Matt Ottsen combined...

Prospect League

Top hitters power Gems to road victory

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- Joey Polak stayed in his groove. Tyler Clark-Chiapparelli has never gotten out of his. And the Quincy Gems continue to win games. Polak doubled and homered, giving him five extra-base hits in the last two games...

Neighborly notion: Unity's Voth must earn playing time at QU
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Neighborly notion: Unity's Voth must earn playing time at QU

MENDON, Ill. -- It was the neighborly thing to do. So Logan Voth pushed up his shirt sleeves, put on some boots and helped Josh Rabe mix and pour concrete for the base of his family's new swimming pool. "When you know somebody and they need help...

Polak belts three homers to pace Gems
Prospect League

Polak belts three homers to pace Gems

QUINCY -- Joey Polak has been trying to get his groove back since returning to the Quincy Gems lineup after having his tonsils removed. He ended up having a historic night. Polak, a Missouri State University product and Quincy Notre Dame graduate...

Catfish get revenge on Hoots
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Catfish get revenge on Hoots

QUINCY -- After sweeping the Prospect League West Division leading Cape Catfish in two games over the weekend, the Hannibal Hoots welcomed Cape for a doubleheader at QU Stadium on Tuesday. Hannibal was looking to build its momentum...

Prospect League

Gems dominate 10th inning to slip past Sliders

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Quincy Gems patiently waited for the winning rally to unfold. The Springfield Sliders didn't have that luxury. After the Gems took the lead in the top of the 10th inning Tuesday at Robin Roberts Stadium by scoring...

Prospect League

Hoots pluck another from Catfish

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- For the second time in as many games, the Hannibal Hoots took down the top team in the Prospect League West Division. Entering the weekend series against the Cape Catfish, Hannibal had the worst record in the West Division.

Gems give another to DuPage
Prospect League

Gems give another to DuPage

QUINCY -- All the momentum was sitting on the Gems' shoulders after the eighth inning. Quincy battled back from a 6-3 deficit and tied DuPage at 6-all in their Prospect League battle on Sunday at QU Stadium thanks to a three-run home run by Tim Borden II.

Quiet bats, errors let Gems down against DuPage
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Quiet bats, errors let Gems down against DuPage

QUINCY -- Facing a five-run deficit and with two outs down in the bottom of the ninth, the Quincy Gems were down to their last life. DuPage poured on four runs in the top of the ninth to break open what was a one-run game, and Quincy needed a rally. Kyle