Former Quincy Gem Alex Dorethy smacked a three-run home run in the first inning to help Kokomo to an 8-5 win at QU Stadium on Saturday.
Alex Dorethy did not have the summer he hoped for last season for the Quincy Gems.
This summer the two-way player is in Kokomo wearing a different uniform.
Saturday night, Dorethy showcased the skills the Gems originally saw in him.
The Jackrabbits cleanup hitter smacked a three-run home run in the first inning to help his new team defeat his old team, 8-5.
“It feels great,” the former Gems player said of his home run. “I was ahead in the count and was looking for a good ball to hit. He left the pitch up and I put it out of the park.”
Dorethy added a single in the third inning and scored as the Jackrabbits built a 7-0 lead after three innings of play.
“It feels great to come back here and get a win against these guys,” Dorethy said. “We lost last night (Friday), which kind of hurt, but to bounce back tonight and help my team win and also hit a home run, it feels pretty good.”
The Gems did battle back and make a game of it.
Max McGuire singled and stole second in the third inning. He came around to score on an RBI groundout by Ryan Knernschield.
McGuire was also part of the Gems three-run fourth inning as the hosts clawed back to within 7-5.
The starting catcher singled home Kyle Crowl before scoring from first on a double by Blake Adams.
But the Gems could get no closer.
After Walker Brockhouse went the first six innings for Kokomo, Josh Konecek tossed the final three innings for the save. Eight of the nine outs recorded by Konecek came via punchouts.
“We have to do a better job late in the game of at least putting the ball in play,” Gems manager Rick Fraire stated. “The last couple of times through the order we struck out too many times. We have to do a better job of taking good swings early in the count.”
McGuire and Adams both collected a pair of hits in the loss.
“It was good to see both of them get a couple knocks,” Fraire said. “Blake had been putting good swings on balls (before tonight) but just couldn’t get hits to fall. And Max did a great job tonight as well.”
Cody Klotz started on the hill for the Gems and suffered the loss. The two-way player lasted just 1 ⅓ inning. He walked four and gave up four runs.
For the game, five Quincy pitchers issued a total of eight walks.
“We have to get it figured out,” Fraire said of the bases on balls. “And I know we will. They will keep working and get back to pounding the zone. I have all the confidence in them bouncing back.”
Quincy (5-5) is scheduled to play at Springfield on Sunday before an off day on Monday.