LAKE ELSINORE – The Lake Elsinore Storm opened their 2017 season to a large crowd at The Diamond Thursday, April 6. The crowd of over 7,000 was treated to a clean game with plenty of excitement, but by the final pitch, only a few hundred remained as the Modesto Nuts bested the Storm 3-2 in a 14-inning affair.
In the top of the 14th inning, Modesto was able to push the winning run across. Storm reliever Trevor Frank walked the lead-off batter and allowed a single to the next batter. After a sacrifice bunt, Frank retired the next batter on a fly out to shallow left.
With two outs, Modesto designated hitter singled on a ball that bounced off the bag. While the winning run scored, shortstop Javier Guerra backed up the play and retrieved the ball on a slide and threw out a runner headed to third to end the inning.
The Storm could not mount a comeback in the bottom of the 14th, as they were retired in order. Modesto infielder Jordan Cowan pitched the final two innings to earn the opening day win. He did not allow a hit in his two innings of work.
A drama-filled opening series eventually ended in a split with the Modesto Nuts as the Storm went on to win their Friday and Saturday games, 8-2 and 10-9, but fell Sunday, April 9, 6-2. Lake Elsinore hosted the Visalia Rawhide in a three-game series which started Monday and will then hit the road later this week for a series against Rancho Cucamonga and the Inland Empire 66ers. Follow all the action at www.stormbaseball.com.