The Storm picked up a win for all the moms out there Sunday, defeating the Inland Empire 66ers 13-6 in the longest game of the season for the home team — three hours and twenty-seven minutes.
Cory Spangenberg went 2 for 4 and furthered his hit streak to 10 games while picking up four RBIs.
The teamed battled from the beginning as Inland took a three-run lead in the first inning, highlighted by three singles in a row by Travis Witherspoon, Drew Heid, and Randal Grichuk and followed by a bases-clearing triple by Jimmy Swift.
The Storm answered back with a set of four singles by Rico Noel, Chris Bisson, Cory Spangenberg, and Connor Powers.
After a sac fly by Eddy Rodriguez, they captured the lead when Everett Williams singled, scoring Powers to go ahead 4-3.
In the second inning, Inland Empire regained the lead when Heid singled to center field, scoring the two base runners for the 6-4 lead.
The Storm won the game in the bottom of the third when Rymer Liriano hit a double and later scored to tie the game off an Everett Williams single.
Williams made the difference when he scored from second base off a line drive single by Jonathan Roof to put the Storm up 7-6.
Spangenberg singled in the fourth and came around to score to add to the lead.
The 66ers picked up one more run in the fifth when Brandon Brewer, Ricky Picione and Jean Almanzar all singled to cut the lead to 8-6 in favor of the home team.
Reliever Matt Branham earned his first win in a Storm uniform.
The Storm collected two more runs in the sixth and seventh and one more in the eighth to score 13 runs on 16 hits.
Jerry Sullivan and Kevin Quackenbush held off the 66ers, allowing no runs, no hits, and no errors in the eighth and ninth innings.
The Storm is now 18-20 and in fourth playce in the Southern Division — just two and a half games back from first place.
The series takes a break tomorrow and will start back up again on a Fat Tuesday, where fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat concessions for a $14 ticket.
*Contributed by the Lake Elsinore Storm