The Lake Elsinore Storm snapped a two-game slide Saturday night, taking game three of four with the High Desert Mavericks by a 7-2 score.
Lake Elsinore took an early lead that was never relinquished. Alberth Martinez started things in the first with a one out single, scoring on a ground out after advancing to third on a throwing error. After Dane Phillips was issued a two out walk in the next at-bat, Gabriel Quintana took Mavericks starter Lars Huijer (L, 1-3) deep to put the Eyes up 3-0.
Storm starter Zach Eflin (W, 10-7) was tagged for two runs in the top of the second, but the 6’6″ right-hander was otherwise unscathed to earn the victory.
A two-run Storm second countered High Desert’s scoring in the top of the frame. Jeremy Baltz reached via a lead-off walk and advanced to second after Jose Rondon singled. Jeremy Rodriguez put both men n scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, and Mallex Smith plated Baltz with an RBI single. With Martinez at the plate, Huijer threw one past the catcher that allowed Rondon to scamper home to give Lake Elsinore a 5-2 lead.
After a combined seven runs scored in the first two innings, both teams failed to find the scoreboard form the third until the bottom of the seventh. Baltz started the home half with a double down the line in left, and Rondon did the same to bring home the runner. Smith came up two batters later and delivered his second RBI single of the night to make it 7-2.
A combined relief effort from Adam Cimber, Chris Nunn and Brandon Alger held the Mavericks scoreless over the final four innings to secure the 7-2 victory.