The Hannibal Hoots and the Quincy Gems got together for what turned out to be a wild west shootout at Clemens Field Thursday night, with the Gems prevailing by a score of 12-8.

Quincy broke a scoreless tie with two in the third on a double, two singles and a balk. Hannibal made it 2-1 in the bottom of the third on a double by shortstop Josh Lane and a sacrifice fly by third baseman Zac Whalin.

The Gems added four runs in the fourth via the long ball, with third baseman Jimmy and Huber and left fielder Blake Adams each launching two-run homers. Again, the Hoots added a single tally in the fourth on an RBI single by DH Chris Iazetta, making the score 6-2.

Quincy scored twice more in the fifth on a bases-loaded ground out and a bases-loaded hit by pitch, widening their lead to 8-2.

Hannibal spent the rest of the night battling back, scoring two runs each in the sixth, seventh and eighth, while the Gems scored two runs each in the seventh and eighth, and holding on for the 12-8 win.

The big blast offensively for Hannibal came when Iazetta hit a two-run homer in the seventh, making the score 10-6 at the time.

The Hoots are now 4-10 on the season, while the Gems stand at 8-6.

The two teams meet again Friday night at QU Stadium in Quincy.

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