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Lake Elsinore Storm Hold Off High Desert Mavericks 8-7

High Desert stadium

On Monday night the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers Class-A Advanced affiliates opened up a three game series at Mavericks Stadium.

The Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) ended their seven game losing streak by defeating the High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) 8-7.

After a scoreless first inning, the Storm put up three runs in the top of the second, on a three run home run by center fielder Kyle Gaedele, scoring Gabriel Quintana, who walked to open up the inning. Next, first baseman Marcus Davis singled and eventually scored on a one-out double by designated hitter Auston Bousfield.

In the bottom of the frame, the Mavericks got one back on a solo home run by designated hitter Alex Burg.

The Storm came back in the top of the third with a four-spot as catcher Robert Kral doubled to lead off the inning and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Gaedele. With one out, left fielder Jeremy Baltz hit his first home run on the season, a three run shot to left field, to put the Storm ahead  7-1.

In the bottom of the third, the Mavericks added two runs of their own on a ground out scoring catcher Kellin Deglan, who singled to lead off the inning and and a sacrifice fly by left fielder Joe Jackson, scoring third baseman Luis Marte to make the score 7-3.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Mavericks would score three more runs to pull within in a run of the tying the game. First baseman Preston Beck tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a missed catch error by second baseman River Stevens. Berg then scored on a ground out, after hitting a double and moving over to third on a fly out to center.  Marte hit a two-out single, stole second and then scored on a wild pitch by starting pitcher Zech Lemond.

In the top of the fifth, the Storm would give themselves a bit of breathing room as they scored a run on Gaedele’s third home run of the season to make the score 8-6.

The Mavericks scored a run in the bottom of the eighth after a lead-off double by Burg, who scored the teams seventh run on a one-out single by Marte to make the score 8-7.  But that is the closest that the Mavericks would get as they dropped their first game of the season to the Storm.  Last week the Mavericks swept a three game series at Lake Elsinore.

Top Performers:

Storm

Jose Rondon – 3 for 5, Double
Kyle Gaedele – 2 for 3, 2 HR, 4 RBI’s
Jeremy Baltz – 1 for 3, HR, 3 RBI’s

Mavericks

Lewis Brinson – 2 for 4, Triple
Alex Burg – 3 for 5, 3 R, 2 Doubles, HR, RBI
Luis Marte – 3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI

What’s Next:

Both teams will face off for game two with first pitch scheduled for 9:35 PM ET

David Conde

David Conde

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