The Quincy Gems collected 15 hits during a 10-3 Prospect League romp over the Hannibal Hoots on Tuesday night at QU Stadium.
Quincy Gems leadoff hitter Bailey Montgomery lined the first pitch he saw from Hannibal hurler Dylan Marble into right field for a single.
The rest of his teammates followed suit in a 10-3 romp over the Hoots Tuesday night at QU Stadium.
The Gems scored in seven of their eight times to bat and pounded out 16 hits in the victory.
With the win, the Gems improved to 17-21 on the season and snapped a four-game losing streak to their river rivals.
“Hitting is contagious,” Montgomery said. “Starting from the first inning getting a run to get started early just gave us confidence and it became contagious amongst the guys.”
Cody Klotz had the first of his three base knocks of the game with an RBI single scoring Montgomery in the home half of the first.
Brady West hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning to tie the contest at one.
The momentum did not last long.
Montgomery singled home Tyler Engel in the second inning for a 2-1 lead.
Engel reached base with a two-out walk then stole second.
The stolen base was one of five in the game for the Gems.
Ryan Mantle plated two runs with a single in the third to stretch the lead to 4-0.
The two RBIs marked the first runs driven in on the season for the Gems infielder.
An RBI single by Ryan Knernschield scored the Gems third run of the third inning and chased Marble from the game.
The Hoots right-hander allowed nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings on the mound.
“We struggled on the pitching end of it tonight,” Hoots manager Clayton Hicks said. “We only had one zero in the game. When you don’t pitch, it makes it hard to win games. We just did not give ourselves a chance tonight.”
The Hoots fall to 16-20 on the season.
Gems starter Tanner Marshall tossed five solid innings to earn the win. The Canton product scattered just three hits — one of which went for a double due it the fielder losing it in the lights — and fanned five. The only run Marshall allowed was unearned.
Gems newcomer Jake Hahn gave the hosts a 7-1 lead with a solo home run to right field in the fifth inning. It was his first hit in a Gems uniform as he just arrived to Quincy late Monday night.
“It feels great,” Hahn said of the home run. “I have not played a game in over two months so it was a great weight off of my shoulders.”
Montgomery (2-for-4), Aaron Campbell (3-for-5), Klotz (3-for-5), Cody Birdsong (3-for-4) and Knernschield (2-for-4) all collected multiple hits for the Gems.
It was the second straight game Quincy has scored at least 10 runs and collected 15 hits. The Gems wrapped out 15 hits in a 13-8 win over Danville Monday night.
“It feels amazing,” Campbell said of the offense. “We have known all along we can hit, but it’s just something we have not felt in a while. To get it back rolling now, hopefully it gets us ready for the rest of the season.”
The two teams are scheduled to play again Wednesday night at Clemens Field.
“We will hit reset and get back after it tomorrow night,” Hicks said. “Tonight was a bad day, but the only thing we can do now is get back to continue to work like we have been the last couple of weeks."