TERRE HAUTE —
In a battle for first place in the West Division of the Prospect League baseball standings, the Terre Haute Rex fell just short Monday night at Bob Warn Field.
The visiting Quincy Gems got a three-run fourth-inning rally and held on for a 4-3 win, leaving the visitors ahead by percentage points but in a virtual tie with the Rex. Quincy is 10-5, Terre Haute 11-6.
Trailing 4-1 after the Gems scored in the top of the sixth, the Rex came within 4-2 in the bottom of the inning when Brian Wolfe homered.
A two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth by Owen Conway cut the lead to 4-3, and Cody Gardner’s leadoff single and a two-out walk to Kalik May put the tying run in scoring position and the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth. Kyle Kempf struck out to end the game, however.
Kempf led off the game with a triple and scored on a hit by Wolfe to give the Rex a quick 1-0 lead, but starter Kurt Kudrecki was victimized in the fourth by a one-ut double by Matt Marek, a hit batter, a two-out walk to the eighth batter in the Quincy batting order and a three-run double by ninth batter Erik Maki.
Marek also doubled leading off the sixth inning and scored on a single by Nick Roscetti.
The Rex are idle today, then go on a three-game road swing. Next home game is Saturday against Hannibal.