The Storm is back to first place again, tying with the High Desert Mavericks who fell on the road to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes tonight as the Storm won 11-1 over the Visalia Rawhide.
Everett Williams led the way for the Storm going 3 for 4, just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. Williams is currently batting .237 and picked up seven RBIs in the game to tie Rymer Liriano for a team lead of 35 RBIs.
Rico Noel scored the first run of the game after singling. He stole his 41st base of the season and scored on a throwing error to go ahead 1-0.
Visalia matched the score in the bottom of the second when Bobby Borchering hit a solo home run over the left field wall for its lone run of the game.
In the fourth inning, the Storm loaded the bases when Liriano singled, Justin Miller reached on an error and Eddy Rodriguez singled with two outs. Chris Bisson forced a walk and a run in to re-take the lead for the Storm. Miller scored on a fielding error and Williams tripled to clear the bases to end the inning with the Storm picking up four runs on three hits.
With a 6-1 lead, the Storm picked up four more runs in the sixth with Luis Domoromo hitting a lead-off triple and Williams hitting a two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Storm a 10-1 lead.
Williams tacked on another run for the Storm and another RBI in the eighth, hitting a sacrifice fly to center to score Bisson after hitting a double to left field.
Donn Roach picked up yet another win to advance his record to 10-1, going five innings allowing six hits but holding the Rawhide to only one run. Mark Pope and new acquisition Chris Wilkes combined to allow no runs and five strikeouts in four innings of play.
The Storm is now tied for first with the Mavericks at 33-29 and is currently undefeated at 4-0 against the Visalia Rawhide this season. The team will play game two tomorrow night beginning at 7 p.m.
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