ADELANTO • Both the Lake Elsinore Storm and High Desert Mavericks put plenty of runners on the base paths Wednesday night at Stater Bros. Stadium, resulting in a nearly four-hour, extra-inning contest.
The Storm produced the game-winning run in the 11th, with designated hitter Travis Whitmore picking up the go-ahead RBI on a stand-up triple off Mavs reliever George Miesis, as High Desert fell 9-8 to Lake Elsinore.
The Mavericks went into the ninth trailing 8-7, but rallied in the bottom of the inning, beginning with a one-out single by left fielder Dan Paolini off Storm reliever Johnny Barbato.
First baseman Kevin Rivers followed with a single, and third baseman Pat Kivlehan came through with the game-tying RBI hit, a single to left field that scored Paolini and knotted the game 8-8.
The Storm broke a 7-7 tie in the eighth inning, when center fielder Travis Janikowski led off the frame with a single off Mavs reliever Matt Brazis.
Second baseman B.J. Quinn followed by drawing a walk off Brazis, prompting High Desert manager Jim Horner to summon Grady Wood out of the bullpen for his first appearance in a Mavericks uniform.
Wood issued a walk to Storm shortstop Jace Peterson to load the bases, and first baseman Robert Kral battled Wood to a full count before drawing an RBI walk, bringing home Janikowski for the go-ahead run.
High Desert starting pitcher Brett Shankin was roughed up by the Lake Elsinore lineup for seven earned runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking three in 4 2-3 innings.
The Mavericks entered the fifth inning trailing 7-3, but rallied for a four-run inning, starting with a leadoff double from designated hitter Patrick Brady.
Left fielder Dan Paolini and first baseman Kevin Rivers each drew one-out walks against Lake Elsinore starting pitcher James Needy, and third baseman Pat Kivlehan picked up a fiedler's choice RBI, bringing home Brady and cutting the lead to 7-4.
Right fielder Alfredo Morales followed with an RBI single to bring home Rivers, and Mavs catcher Steve Baron tied the game with a two-out, two RBI single, with Kivlehan and Morales scoring on the play.
Lake Elsinore took the lead in the first inning with four consecutive one-out hits against Mavs starter Brett Shankin, capped off by a three-run homer by Strom left fielder Jeremy Baltz that put High Desert in an early 4-0 hole.
The Mavericks (4-2) got on the board in the bottom of the first, with Brady leading off with a double, and later scoring on a sacrifice fly from Paolini.
The Storm (3-3) put up two more runs in the third, with the first four Lake Elsinore batters reaching base safely to begin the inning. Baltz picked up an RBI single in the frame as the Storm pushed the lead to 6-1.
Brady joined the Mavericks for the second time this season Tuesday, and in his first two games back with High Desert the 25-year-old has been locked in, going 4-for-7 with three doubles and a home run.
With the Mavs trailing by one run in the eighth, the hot-hitting Brady came to the plate representing the tying run, but lined out to shortstop on a 2-0 pitch from Lake Elsinore reliever Cody Hebner.
Story courtesy of the Daily Press