Adelanto, CA - A twenty-three hit attack spurred the Lake Elsinore Storm to a 12-5 victory over the High Desert Mavericks Saturday night. The win was Lake Elsinore's fiftieth of the season.
A thirty minute rain delay prior to the start of the game did nothing to quiet the Storm bats, as the visitors jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second. Consecutive singles from Alberth Martinez, Duanel Jones and Corey Adamson plated the first run of the game.
But High Desert would respond in the bottom of the frame, striking for two runs off of Storm starter Bryan Rodriguez. The right-hander went on to work 4.2 innings, allowing no further earned runs.
Lake Elsinore took the lead for good in the third, erupting for four runs off of Mavericks starter Scott DeCecco (L, 4-8). Diego Goris led off with a double and Gabriel Quintana followed with his eleventh home run of the season. That same combination doubled the Storm tally later in the inning, as Jeremy Baltz hit a two-bagger and scored on a Jones big fly. Jones' home run was bittersweet, as the first baseman had to be replaced in the bottom of the inning due to injury.
A three-run fifth built the Storm lead to six. Martinez started things with a single, and Adamson grabbed a share of the league lead in triples with his seventh of the season. Jeremy Rodriguez followed with an RBI knock, and the Storm catcher scored on a base hit from Benji Gonzalez later in the inning.
Reliever Roman Madrid (W, 2-0) replaced Rodriguez in the fifth and worked 2.1 scoreless innings to earn the victory.
After pairs of runs in the sixth and seventh, including Luis Domoromo's seventh long ball of 2014, the Storm led 12-3 heading into the bottom of the eighth. High Desert managed to score single runs in the eighth and ninth, but that would be all as Lake Elsinore returned to the win column.
Every Storm hitter who stepped to the plate Saturday night recorded a hit, and Quintana led the way with four knocks. Nine of ten Storm batters had multi-hit efforts.
Zach Eflin (6-5, 4.00 ERA) will start for the Storm (50-36) in the third game of the series on Sunday. Dylan Unsworth (5-7, 6.95 ERA) gets the ball for the Mavericks (42-44). First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm.