QUINCY, Ill. —
Casey McCurdy’s three-run homer in the top of the first inning got the Terre Haute Rex off to a good start Sunday night in Prospect League baseball, and the visitors held onto the early lead for a 10-8 win and a split of a two-game road series against the Quincy Gems.
The Rex built a 9-2 lead by the top of the fifth inning thanks to a run-scoring single by Brett Teschner in the third, a two-run single by Alex Reynolds in the fourth and an RBI single by Nick Johnson followed by Spencer Mahoney’s two-run homer in the fifth.
But Quincy battled back, getting within a run when Nick Day and Gregory Allen hit run-scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson had another RBI for an insurance run in the top of the ninth, however, and closer Nick Blount got the save.
Terre Haute Rex 301 230 001 — 10 9 4
Quincy Gems 101 031 020 — 8 9 4
Manering, Oltman (5), Timmerman (8), Blount (9) and Teschner; Hibbing, Pearman (5), McWilliams (8), Smith (9) and Upp. W — Oltman. L — Hibbing. S — Blount. HR — TH: McCurdy, Mahoney.
Highlights — For the Rex, Brett Teschner was 3 for 5 with an RBI; Spencer Mahoney was 2 for 3 with a homer, 2 runs and 2 RBIs; Nick Johnson was 2 for 3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs; Casey McCurdy was 1 for 3 with a homer, 3 runs and 3 RBIs; Alex Reynolds was 1 for 5 with 2 RBIs; and Kyle Kempf scored twice.
Next — The Rex (6-6) host Danville at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Bob Warn Field. Quincy is 9-3.
In Saturday’s late Prospect League game:
• Gems 9, Rex 2 — At Quincy, defensive letdowns doomed the visitors on Saturday.
Terre Haute had five errors, enabling Quincy to move into a temporary first-place tie with Dubois County in the West Division.
The Rex had an early 2-0 lead as Brett Teschner drove in a run with a double in the first inning and added a solo homer in the fourth.
But Quincy scored five unearned runs off tough-luck losing pitcher Tommy Strunc in the bottom of the sixth and pulled away.
Terre Haute Rex 100 100 000 — 2 6 5
Quincy Gems 000 005 40x — 9 9 0
Strunc, Dartnell (7), Stady (8) and Teschner; Coonrod, Kapak (7), Pearman (8), Sandquist (9) and Carlile. W — Coonrod, 1-0. L — Strunc, 0-2. HR — TH: Teschner (3); Q: Tindall (2), Day (2).
Highlights — For the Rex, Brett Teschner was 2 for 4 with a double, a homer and both RBIs and Kyle Kempf was 1 for 3 with a double and a run.
• Tewell a winner — Mike Tewell was a winner in weekend action at Crossroads Dragway.
Tewell defeated John Moy in ProMax class. Other winners were Harold Travioli, Alan Grayless III and Donnie Giovanni.
Three days of junior dragster racing begin Friday. Tech inspection and test-and-tune are on Friday’s schedule along with a dash for cash. Full race schedules are set for Saturday and Sunday.
Information may be found at crossroadsdragway.com, on Facebook or at (812) 229-2167.
ProMax — Mike Tewell of West Terre Haute, 1987 Monte Carlo, def. John Moy of Rosedale, 1974 Duster; semis: Ron Pound, Kynon Dinkel.
Sportsman — Harold Travioli of West Terre Haute, 1968 Nova, def. Cody Alumbaugh of Terre Haute, 1986 S-10; semis: Jeff Vaughn, Dave Vaughn.
High school — Alan Grayless III of Terre Haute, 1989 Mustang, def. Amara Tewell of West Terre Haute, S-10.
Junior dragsters — Donnie Giovanni of Clinton, 2009 RPC, def. Brayden Stultz of Terre Haute, 2005 Gage.
• Lex, Tidwell win — At Putnamville, Richie Lex and Scott Tidwell were two winners in racing Saturday at Lincoln Park Speedway.
Lex took first in the feature for UMP modifieds and Tidwell won the main for bombers. Other winners were Kyle Cummins and Troy Clark.
Indiana Midget Week racing will be featured Thursday at the track.
Heat winners — Kelby Simmons, Kenny Carmichael, Carlos Bumgardner, Paul Bumgardner (B-main).
Feature — Richie Lex, Levi Kissinger, Eric Varner, Dan Lewellen, Randy Shuman, Matt Bex, Scott Ricketts, Wes McClara, Chris Kerl, Carmichael, Kenny Carmichael Jr.
Heat winners — David Wallen, Merlin Burns, Scott Tidwell, Josh Foxworthy (B-main).
Feature — Tidwell, Wallen, Burns, Doug McCullough, David Bursicker, C.J. Bryan, Daniel Foxworthy, Troy Tidwell, Michael Harris.
Heat winners — Casey Shuman, Ryan Pace, Kyle Cummins, Josh Burton (B-main).
Feature — Cummins, Brady Short, Shuman, Kent Christian, Scotty Weir, Pace, A.J. Hopkins, Wes McIntyre, Brent Beauchamp, Jeff Bland Jr., Joe Ligouri, Blake Fitzpatrick, Chase Briscoe, Keaton Dobbs, Lance Hayden.
Heat winners — Carmichael, McCullough.
Feature — Troy Clark, Carmichael, Roy Bruce Jr., McCullough, Slick Griffin, Mike Staggs, Kris Starks, Carmichael Jr., Josh McDaniel, Travis Heramb.
• Gardner prevails — At Port Royal, Pa., Damion Gardner was the winner in U.S. Auto Club sprint car racing Saturday at Port Royal Speedway.
Gardner led the final seven laps to win main event in the final race of the Eastern Storm series. Tracy Hines was second and Jon Stanbrough took third.
Darren Hagen led the first 23 laps and finished 18th.
Stanbrough regained first place in the sprint point totals and holds a 10-point lead over Levi Jones going into a June 23 race.
Fast qualifier — Bryan Clauson.
Heat winners — Levi Jones, Dave Darland, C.J. Leary.
Feature — Damion Gardner, Tracy Hines, Jon Stanbrough, Robert Ballou, Darland, Clauson, Hunter Schuerenberg, Jones, Jerry Coons Jr., Chris Windom, Mark Smith, Leary, Bobby East, Mark Bitner, Jonathan Hendrick.
USAC sprint point leaders — Stanbrough 634, Jones 624, Darland 606, Gardner 600, Hines 599.
• Gardner posts win — At Paragon, Bobby Gardner was a feature winner in Saturday’s racing at Paragon Speedway.
Gardner won the main event for super stocks. Other winners were Dakota Jackson in sprint cars, Mark Smith in bombers and Junior Shepherd in pure stocks.
No racing is slated at the track this week.
Heat winners — Josh Cunningham, Eric Edwards, Danny Harris.
Feature — Dakota Jackson, Cunningham, Jordan Kinser, Nick Johnson, Harris, Edwards, Brian Lake, Buddy Lowther, Nevil Algeiro, Tony Reed.
Heat winners — Tyler Cain, Brad Cummings, Marty Cooper.
Feature — Bobby Gardner, Chris Hillman, Cummings, Steve Hollars, Rob Paris, Winston Howe, Travis Butler, Cain, Mike Ham, Steve Hawkins.
Heat winners — Tim Wright, John Grenier.
Feature — Mark Smith, Wright, Don Baker, Barry Hicks, James Stuckey, John Hager, Reger Asher, Jason Trimmer, Robert Machlan, Brad Leitzman.
Heat winners — Ben Daniel, Josh Litton.
Feature — Junior Shepherd, David Shepherd, Daniel, Litton, Johnny Payton, Justin Litton, Scott Craig, Larry Wolfe.