Loos, Eskridge represent Gems on Prospect League’s Western Conference All-Star team

Quincy Gems third baseman Lucas Loos, who led the Prospect League with 62 RBIs, was one of two Quincy players named to the Western Conference all-star team. | Photo courtesy Samantha Carmean

QUINCY — One of the Prospect League’s most feared sluggers and one of its stingiest closers received postseason accolades Thursday. Quincy Gems third baseman Lucas Loos and Gems reliever Stephen Eskridge were named Western Conference all-stars, as voted on by the managers of the nine conference teams. The Western Conference all-star team consists of 15…

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Gems start, finish strong to capture division playoff game, will play for conference title

Joe Siervo | Photo courtesy Quincy Gems

CLINTON, Iowa — Lucas Loos got it started. Joe Siervo made sure it’s going to keep going. Loos, the Payson product and starting third baseman for the Quincy Gems, belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning of Sunday’s Great River Division playoff game against the Clinton LumberKings. After Clinton rallied…

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Loos breaks tie in eighth inning with three-run homer; Gems can clinch playoff berth on Wednesday at home

Lucas Loos | Photo courtesy of Quincy Gems

PERU, Ill. — Lucas Loos hit a tie-breaking three-run home run in the top of the eighth, and the Quincy Gems’ magic number for clinching the second-half title in the Great River Division is now at two after Tuesday night’s 6-3 victory over the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp in a Prospect League game at Schweickert…

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Loos homer in eighth breaks tie, Eskridge tosses two perfect innings in relief as Gems open home stand with victory

Stephen Eskridge | Photo courtesy of Quincy Gems

QUINCY — Lucas Loos belted a solo home run to left-center field in to bottom of the eighth to put the Quincy Gems on top, and Stephen Eskridge shut down the Burlington Bees in the ninth to preserve a 9-8 victory Friday night in a Prospect League game at QU Stadium.  The Gems (12-15), who…

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River Dragons’ walk-off grand slam ends Gems’ season two outs shy of spot in championship series

Quincy Gems shortstop Hayden Moore successfully steals second base as Alton River Dragons second baseman Cameron Hailstone takes the throw during Tuesday night's Prospect League Western Conference championship game at Lloyd Hopkins Field in Alton, Ill. | Photo courtesy Nathan Woodside

ALTON, Ill. — The beauty and cruelty of baseball can happen simultaneously, much the way they did Tuesday night. Although a once six-run lead had been chiseled to three heading to the bottom of the ninth inning, the Quincy Gems were two outs away from advancing to the Prospect League’s best-of-3 championship series. One swing…

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Birthday blast: Gems’ Loos punctuates victory over Hoots with home run on day he turns 20

Quincy Gems third baseman Lucas Loos, right, awaits the opportunity to step into the on-deck circle during Tuesday night's Prospect League game against the O'Fallon Hoots at QU Stadium. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Although it’s a birthday generally celebrated without much hullabaloo — Nos. 18 and 21 bear more significance — Lucas Loos made certain No. 20 would be unforgettable. There’s a memento to serve as his reminder of it, too. After the Quincy Gems third baseman watched a series of birthday wishes from family and…

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Tearing Loos: Payson Seymour product creates powerful legacy with JWCC baseball program

John Wood Community College third baseman Lucas Loos, a Payson Seymour product, enjoyed one of the most productive careers in Trail Blazers history. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Graduation day ended up being spent on a baseball field. There aren’t many places Lucas Loos would rather be. His favorite fishing hole might be one of them. “I don’t think it’s better than baseball,” he said. “But it helps me relax and get my mind off things.” More recently, the woods have…

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Loos jacks three home runs to help Trail Blazers split final home doubleheader

John Wood Community College's Lucas Loos hit three runs during Sunday's doubleheader against Illinois Central College. Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Lucas Loos went out with a bang. Three bangs in fact. The Payson Seymour product blasted three home runs during his final home doubleheader with the John Wood Community College baseball team, jacking two in the nightcap as the Trail Blazers earned a 9-4 victory over Illinois Central College in Mid-West Athletic Conference…

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