ADELANTO - The High Desert Mavericks had been slumping the last couple of weeks. They had lost nine of 11 coming into their game with the Lake Elsinore Storm on Thursday night.
Nothing seem to be going right - pitching, defense or offense.
That all changed against the Storm as the Mavs let out some pent up frustration.
High Desert scored in the first seven innings including nine in the fourth for a 17-6 rout of Lake Elsinore.
"It was good to put everything together," Mavs shortstop Tyler Smith said. "We had great at bats all night. We scored in seven of our eight at bats so that was great to see everyone have success. We came out and put a bunch of runs on the board so hopefully we can finish out these next two games well and come out better in the second half."
The Mavs nearly tied their own California League record for scoring at least one run in every inning the team played. Two other teams have done it along with the Mavericks, who were the last team to do it when they scored in all eight innings in a 21-7 win over Inland Empire on June 3, 2012.
Lake Elsinore reliever Brandon Alger would retired the Mavs in order in the eighth to prevent them from tying the record.
On Thursday night, each of the Mavericks starters had a hit by the fourth inning. The Mavs finished with a season-high 24 hits.
Smith and Burt Reynolds had four-hit nights. Smith was 4-for-4 with a walk, a triple and three runs scored and Reynolds went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Both Gabriel Guerrero and Jabari Henry had three hits. Henry, who had a double and a home run, had four RBIs and three runs scored while Reynolds drove in two and scored a run.
Also, D.J. Peterson, Tyler Marlette, Brock Hebert and Tim Lopes had two hits apiece. Peterson hit his team-high 14th home run and drove in three.
"I was definitely looking for it," said Smith of a fifth hit on the night. "The last at bat I got a little too big on a couple of swings and I just ended up getting the walk. It was a great night. I was comfortable. I was seeing the ball real well whether it was the fastball or breaking ball."
From the first batter of the game, High Desert had its hitting shoes on.
Hebert led off with a double against Storm starter Joe Ross. He'd score on Smith's RBI single and the Mavs never looked back.
Henry hit a solo home run in the second and in the third, Smith scored on Lara's RBI groundout.
Leading 3-0, Lake Elsinore scored a run off High Desert starter Jochi Ogando to cut the deficit to 3-1. It's as close the Storm would get because in the bottom of the fourth, the Mavs blew the game open with a nine-spot.
High Desert scored nine runs on nine hits in sending 13 batters to the plate. Reynolds went 2-for-2 with two RBIs while Peterson, Guerrero, Lara and Marlette had RBI singles. Smith added a sacrifice fly and Henry had a ground-rule RBI double.
High Desert scored three more runs in the fifth, two more in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Ogando (2-2) picked up the win as he went five-plus innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out three. The bullpen duo of Matt Brazis and Jordan Shipers held the Storm at bay in the final four innings. They combined to give up just one run on five hits and struck out five.
The Mavs evened the four-game series with the win and they also are now tied 4-4 with the Storm in the season series. The two teams finish out the first half of the California League season with two more games in Adelanto then it's the All-Star break.
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