The Storm kicked off a Memorial Day weekend with a game of fireworks on the field to go with the ones after the game as the rolled over Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 13-2.
Carlos Quentin looked healthy and strong tonight going 3 for 4 scoring three runs, and three RBIs that included a two-run home run to centerfield in the sixth.
After going down a run in the top of the second the Storm bats came alive and continued through the night. Quentin led off the inning with a single up the middle. After Rymer Liriano continued his recent hit streak by singling to shortstop, Connor Powers doubled to left center to give the Storm a 2-1 lead they would not give up.
The top of the line up rolled for the home team with Rico Noel, Everett Williams and Cory Spangenberg hitting consecutive singles to lead off the inning. The Storm eventually came away with a three-run inning taking a 5-1 lead.
The Storm topped that off with a six-run fifth inning highlighted by a Liriano RBI double to centerfield advancing his hit streak to 12 games and eight consecutive hits.
They tacked on two more runs in the sixth off Quentin’s home run to centerfield as the Storm captured the victory.
The Storm is now 24-24 and just two games back of first place with 22 to play in the first half of the season. Previous to Friday’s game, the team had lost five straight to Rancho but have managed to win the past three consecutive series.
The Storm and the Quakes will face each other Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Fans came on out as the Storm welcome American Icon Sergeant Slaughter to The Diamond.
*Contributed by the Lake Elsinore Storm