Hot-hitting Gems win second straight game by 10-run rule

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Nick Iannantone

ALTON, Ill. — The Quincy Gems continued their torrid hitting pace on Wednesday night, pounding out 18 hits and winning their second consecutive game by the 10-run rule in a 16-4 decision over the Alton River Dragons in a Prospect League game at Lloyd Hopkins Field.

The Gems (4-8) have collected 51 hits and scored 47 runs in their last three games. The team batting average over that time is .432.

Gino D’Alessio, Nick Iannantone and Jake Skrine each had three hits, and Dane Thomas had three runs batted in for the Gems. Brayden Haug was the winning pitcher, allowing six hits, five walks and three runs in five innings. Connery O’Donnell earned a save for pitching three innings of one-run relief while striking out five.

Quincy scored three runs in the first. Skrine drove in D’Alessio with a single, and Alec Patino drove in two runs with a single.

The Gems added a single run in the second and two more in the third, then blew the game open with five runs in the fourth. Jayce Maag had a two-run double, Thomas contributed a two-run single and D’Alessio added an RBI single in the frame.

Quincy scored four times in the sixth to put the game in position to be ended by the 10-run rule. Ryan Hutchinson had an RBI single, Carter Bither drove in a run with a groundout and Iannantone hit a two-run home run.

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