Cal League Baseball: Crawford Finishes Strong In Game One 10-6 Victory over Lake Elsiore


Rancho Cucamonga Bats Post 10 runs behind Hulsizer & Wong Monday Night

By Toph Buzzard

Leo Crawford

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes put behind their weekend woes on Monday night, handling the Lake Elsinore Storm in game one of the series by a final score of 10-6.

Leo Crawford shook off a shaky start with four straight scoreless frames to end his outing, while Niko Hulsizer and Connor Wong headlined Rancho’s fourteen hits and ten runs of support.

After scoring a single run in the first four go-arounds, with the score at 4-4, the Quakes exploded for four runs in the fifth. Donovan Casey tallied another extra-base hit, his seventh of the second half, smacking an RBI double to make it 5-4. Hulsizer followed, knocking out Storm starter Elliot Ashbeck, with a three-run missile over the left-field wall for his first Cal League home run.

With the score at 8-4, Connor Wong added some insurance in the top of the ninth, stroking a two-run triple to give him three hits and three RBI.

The Storm pushed across two runs and brought the tying run to the on-deck circle in the bottom of the ninth, but Jeisson Rosario grounded out to end the contest.

Crawford (2-3) took advantage of Rancho’s potent offense on Monday night, earning the win in his seven innings of work. The southpaw turned a corner after allowing four runs in his first three frames, facing just one over the minimum in his last four scoreless innings.

Ashbeck (3-1) shouldered his first loss of 2019, allowing a season-high eight earned runs over 4.1 innings.

On Tuesday, Rancho aims for the series win behind LHP Austin Hamilton (2-1), while Lake Elsinore sends RHP Caleb Boushley (3-1) to the mound.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 27th and Friday, June 28th, as the Quakes will play their first two home game of the second half with a Punch Bowl Social Thirsty Thursday and a Smile Generation Cody Bellinger Bobblehead Giveaway on Friday. Purchase tickets online at rcquakes.com or by calling (909) 481-5000

Quakes (43-30)   1 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 2   10

Storm (38-35)     1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2   6

W: Crawford, Leo (2-3, 4.01) L: Ashbeck, Elliot (3-1, 3.33) WV HR’s: Hulsizer

Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

Photo By Steve Saenz

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