Cal League Baseball: Rancho Cucamonga Beats the Lake Elsinore Storm in a 8-7 Thriller

Quakes Chase the Storm in Comeback Win…Now a Game Out

By Andrew Chapman

Lake Elsinore, CA- The Quakes pulled off a four-run comeback victory on Monday night, behind a season-high 18 hits, securing game one of the series over the Lake Elsinore Storm 8-7.

Trailing 7-4 and down to their final three outs of the night, Rancho used four consecutive RBI-hits to spark a ninth inning rally and jump ahead for the second time in the game.

Logan Landon and Omar Estevez reached safely to begin the ninth on an infield error and a single, respectively. Following a Connor Wong strikeout, the bottom third of the order would tie the game against incoming Storm reliever Colby Blueberg.

Cody Thomas, Hamlet Marte and Saige Jenco smacked three straight RBI-singles to even the game back at 7-7. Leadoff man Gavin Lux capped the comeback with the go-ahead single, scoring Marte and vaulting Rancho to the 8-7 advantage.

Lake Elsinore managed to put two men in scoring position with just one out in the bottom of the ninth, but closer Zach Pop locked in to retire Luis Torrens and Hudson Potts for the save.

Rancho pieced together a pair of four-run come-from-behind innings on Monday night, the first of which came in the sixth.

After three consecutive singles from Estevez, Wong and Thomas to load the bases, Hamlet Marte punched a three-run double down the right field line to tie the game at three. Marte would later score on a double from Lux that gave Rancho their first lead of the game at 4-3.

Lake Elsinore mirrored Rancho with four runs in the bottom of the sixth against Jason Richman to retake the lead at 7-4.

Later in relief for the Quakes, Stetson Allie (2-1) was able to sustain the three-run deficit, pitching a scoreless eighth while being positioned for the win following the ninth inning comeback.

Blueberg (2-1), who surrendered the game-tying and go-ahead runs, was hit with a blown save and the loss.

With the victory, Rancho now sits just a game back of first-place in the south division standings with a chance to enter a tie with the Storm in game two of the series on Tuesday. Tony Gonsolin (3-2, 3.12 ERA) is scheduled to make the start for the Quakes and be opposed by Chris Paddack (3-1, 1.93ERA) of Lake Elsinore.

Press Release Provided By the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes