Meyer and Harms both collect three RBIs
Riding high on a four-game win streak, the O’Fallon Hoots (7-7) kicked off a four-game homestand by welcoming the Quincy Gems (5-11) to CarShield Field. After beating the Gems less than 24 hours prior, the Hoots did it again, defeating Quincy 7-3 for win number five in a row.
Inside the Box Score
- Jack Meyer opened the Hoots scoring with a two-run homerun in the first. He would tack one more RBI on, finishing with three and three hits.
- Nick Harms went 3-4 at the plate, getting all of his three RBIs with a three-run homer.
- Maloy Heaghney collected a pair of hits as well as one RBI.
- Jack DuMont earned his first win of the year. The O’Fallon starter went six innings deep while racking up five strikeouts and only allowing two runs.
How It Happened
- Quincy jumped on the board in their very first at-bat. Up 3-1 in the count, Joe Siervo blasted a solo-shot over the left-center wall to give the Gems a 1-0 lead.
- O’Fallon immediately responded in the bottom of the first. With one out, Zach Beatty singled to give the Hoots their first base runner of the day. Jack Meyer then launched a no-doubter to left-center field for a two-run homer, giving his team a 2-1 lead.
- Another O’Fallon run came in the third. Maloy Heaghney led off with a single and soon worked his way to third thanks to a Braedon Stoakes sacrifice bunt and Beatty fly out. Meyer then collected RBI number three with an infield single, but was tagged out trying to advance to second when the ball was thrown away, ending the inning. The run still counted however, putting the Hoots up 3-1.
- The fifth inning brought another O’Fallon run. Nick Harms doubled in the first at bat, and moved over 90 feet when Matthew Arnold grounded out. Heaghney followed that up with a double, providing more than enough time to score Harms and increase the Hoots’s lead to 4-1.
- That lead would be cut down in the next half-inning. With Lucas Loos in scoring position thanks to a walk and Riley Black groundout, Cross Jumper singled to score Loos, making the score 4-2.
- The lead would not stay at two for long. With two O’Fallon runners on and two outs, Harms sent the ball on a one way trip to the top of the locker room building for a three-run homerun, putting the Hoots up 7-2.
- Cam Suto opened the Gems’s half of the eighth with a solo homer to get a run back for his squad, but that would be the last run of the day for Quincy. Ian Benner and Caiden Otte shut the door the rest of the way for O’Fallon, and secured the 7-3 win for their fifth straight victory.
The Hoots continue their homestand tomorrow, June 17, with a 6:35 p.m. contest against the Burlington Bees. Coverage can be found at ofallonhoots.com, as well as the team’s Twitter (@ofallonbaseball) and Instagram (ofallonhoots).