In game one on Wednesday of the Lake Elsinore Storms’ series against the High Desert Mavericks, the two battled into extra innings with a 10-10 tie in the ninth. The Storm was able to prevail and win 12-11.
Thursday, in game two of three, the game went tied 5-5 into the ninth when Eddy Rodriguez hit a single to left field, scoring Casey McElroy to lift the Storm to a 6-5 victory.
Along with the victory, the highlight of the night came in the fourth inning.
After James Jones doubled in the third to score Mickey Wiswall giving the Mavs a 1-0 lead, it was a double by Tommy Medica in the fourth that had the league looking his way.
With that double Medica kept his hitting streak alive to a league-leading 21 games. The streak began back on June 11. Thus far, he has gone 35 for 83, including 12 doubles, two home runs, 18 runs and 20 RBIs with a batting average over .423.
With Justin Miller on third and Medica on second, Michael Wing hit his fourth home run in a Storm uniform with a blast over the left field wall to give the Storm a 3-1 lead.
Since returning from AA San Antonio, Wing has gone 5-for-21 with one home run and four RBI.
In the fifth, the home team rallied to regain the lead. With two on and one out Jones hit a triple to right center scoring two and Jones himself would score on a single by Brad Miller to go ahead 4-3.
Both teams scored a run in the sixth. Donovan Tate scored off a Rico Noel single in the top of the inning and Dennis Raben scored for the Mavs after hitting his fifth double.
Eddy Rodriguez tied the game up for the Storm when he hit a solo shot to right field. It was his third home run in two games and his team leading 11th of the season.
In the ninth his single scored a run and Kevin Quackenbush came in and picked up his 16th save of the season to claim the fifth consecutive series in the second half.
Storm reliever Alexis Lara went two innings, allowing no runs, no hits and struck out three for his first win with the Storm.
*Contributed by the Lake Elsinore Storm