Pittsburg, CA- After losing the first two games against Los Medanos the Storm were looking to find their way into the win column in conference play. In the first two games of the series, errors and lack of offense was the difference in the Storm losses. In the first game the offense started hot early but sputtered for the rest of the game resulting in a 3-18 loss. Tanner Fonoti went 5 innings six earned runs, on 13 hits with four strikeouts. Offensively Stefan Raeth hit a two run homerun (1) and Clayton Espino with a RBI single.
Similar to the first game, the second game early runs scored for the Storm. A string a walks and errors lead to a five run top of the 4th for the Mustangs giving them a lead the storm could not overcome. Storm made a late rally in the 8th inning but came up short 7-12. Felipe Gonzalez went 3 innings giving up 8eightruns, four earned, six walks, and four strikeouts. Ryu Umeda came in for one inning of relief giving up one earned. Logan Harvey finished the game pitching 5 innings giving up three runs, two earned on five hits, four walks and four strikeouts. The Storm Offense was led by Carter Pennington with 3 RBI 2-for 5 from the plate. Raeth, Trent Davis, Tyler Peters, and Louis Hall each had an RBI of their own.
In the final game of the series Raeth started and went 8 strong innings on giving up eight runs, four earned, on six hits, three walks, and seven strikeouts. The Storm had an early lead up 3-1 from an RBI single by Tyler Peters in the 3rd inning to tie the game 1-1. In the 4th RBI single by Louis Hall and a Fielders choice until the Mustangs tied it in the bottom of the 6th. The Storm retook the lead in the next half after an RBI single by Pennington, Espino fielders choice, and Diaz reaching on an error by the shortstop to score Pennington. The Mustangs answered right back with a run in the 7th and 8th to make it a one run game. In the 9th inning the Storm opened up their lead after a bases loaded walk to Davis, Hall with a RBI single and Raeth with a Sac fly. The four run cushion was not enough as LMC surged back to tie the game at 9-9. Despite losing the lead in the 9th, the Storm offense continued to roll with 5 runs with a 2 RBI Double by Noah Wallen, RBI single by Davis, and 2 RBI single by Raeth. Tension was still high as Bogdan came in the 10th giving up 3 runs but secured the win for the Storm. Game totals for the Storm were 14 runs on 16 hits and 8 Errors, while LMC had 12 runs on 9 hits and 4 errors.
Coach Parker says " Stefans on field perofrmance all year has been great. His performance on the mound Saturday was one of the best I've seen, especially from a freshman in this league. Our Hitting is starting to turn around. Once we can consistently practice, our defense will be great, making us a tough team to play.
The Storms next series is against the Solano Falcons.