LAKE ELSINORE — The anticipation is building as the Minor League California League baseball playoffs make their return to Lake Elsinore this September. The Lake Elsinore Storm, who clinched the top spot in the first half standings, are ready to showcase their talent on home turf.

The Storm recently faced off against the Visalia Rawhide, winning only two of their six games on the road. However, with a 1-2 record to start the second half, the team isn’t too concerned about their early setbacks. After all, they finished the first half season at the top of the California League South standings with a balanced 32-32 record.

In the North division, Modesto led the way with an impressive 41-23 first half record. Other teams vying for playoff spots include the San Jose Giants, Stockton Ports, Visalia Rawhide, Inland Empire 66ers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Fresno Grizzlies.

The Lake Elsinore Storm have clinched the top spot in the first half standings, ensuring their place in the postseason. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Storm’s upcoming homestand features a challenging series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. The Quakes are currently leading the second half standings with a perfect 3-0 record. Fans can catch the action from Tuesday through Sunday at Lake Elsinore Diamond.

The Storm have several standout players making a significant impact this season. Here are some top performers in hitting and pitching:

Hitting Leaders

Romeo Sanabria – .311 AVG, 8 HR, 40 RBI

Rosman Verdugo – .231 AVG, 6 HR, 36 RBI

Pitching Leaders

Isaiah Lowe – 5 wins, 2 losses, 2.94 ERA, 64 SO

Eric Yost – 1 win, 2 losses, 4.99 ERA, 60 SO

Fans are encouraged to keep an eye on these athletes as they look to lead the Storm to success in the second half of the season and beyond. Join the excitement and support the Storm as they aim for playoff glory. With a promising roster and a dedicated fan base, Lake Elsinore is set to become the epicenter of thrilling baseball action this September.

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JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.