QUINCY -- Alex Dorethy made his return to QU Stadium this weekend. The former Quincy Gem, now a member of the Kokomo Jackrabbits, wanted to put on a show in front of his old team.
"I had a little chip on my shoulder," Dorethy said. I wanted to show them how much I've gotten better since last summer."
Dorethy, who played for the Gems last summer, returned to town with the Kokomo Jackrabbits for a two-game series. In the two games, he went 4 for 8 with a three-run homer and scored three times.
Dorethy is hitting .412 in 17 at-bats this summer. He's also made two appearances on the mound, throwing three innings and only allowing one unearned run.
Last summer with the Gems, Dorethy hit .095 in 21 at-bats with nine strikeouts. On the mound, he had a 6.50 ERA in 27 2/3 innings in 11 appearances.
"It was a pretty good weekend," Dorethy said. "I had two hits both days, so that was pretty good."
Adams has best game of season
Gems outfielder Blake Adams has started slowly in the first nine games of the Prospect League season.
His 10th game was his best on the young season.
Adams, a D2CCA first-team All-American at Tarleton State, came into Saturday night's game against Kokomo hitting just .172, and hadn't and a multiple-hit game so far. He entered the game with just one hit in his previous 11 at-bats.
Saturday, he went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in a run. He bumped up his batting average to .212
"I think he just has to get used to playing every day," Gems manager Rick Fraire said. "He's still adjusting to that."
Klotz struggles in second start
Quincy Gems right-hander Cody Klotz made a strong debut last weekend against the Hannibal Hoots.
The Maryville product went 4 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out seven.
His second start on Saturday didn't go as well.
Klotz didn't make it out of the second inning, and was tagged for four runs on two hits in 1 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two.
Klotz's ERA ballooned to 7.94 after it was 2.08 entering the game.