By Lancaster Jethawks
JETHAWKS WIN: August 27
Five-run first inning lifts Lancaster
Sclafani hit takes lead and West strikes out nine for win
LANCASTER, Calif. – Joe Sclafani drove in two in the first to give Aaron West the lead and the JetHawks went on to beat the Lake Elsinore Storm, 7-2, on Tuesday night at The Hangar.
Lancaster put up five runs in the first inning to chase Lake Elsinore starter Justin Hancock (2-7). Down 1-0, Joe Sclafani drove in a pair with a single to centerfield and later came in to score when Chris Burke botched a Tyler Heineman ground ball for an error. Chris Epps added another run with a bases loaded walk and Ricky Gingras picked up the final run with an RBI-groundout.
West (9-8) took over from there. The right-hander struck out a career-high nine batters over his five innings of work. He allowed two runs on eight hits without issuing a walk.
The JetHawks added runs against a pair of Storm relievers later in the game. M.P.Cokinos, who finished the night 3-for-4, singled and stole his first base of the season in the fifth inning before being singled home by Epps. The hit came against reliever Ryan Quigley but was charged to Brandon Alger.
In the eighth inning, Jesse Wierzbicki whacked a one-out double into the left field gap and scored on a Carlos Perdomo bloop single.
Tommy Shirley tossed two scoreless innings in relief and Gera Sanchez stranded the bases loaded in his only inning of work. Travis Ballew allowed two batters to reach base but struck out the side in a non-save situation ninth inning to end the game.
The four Lancaster pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 15 Lake Elsinore batters in the game. Their previous high was 14 which came against the Storm at the end of July.
The JetHawks (79-55, 40-24) will take on the Storm (57-76, 29-34) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for What A Deal Wednesday at The Hangar. Mike Hauschild (2-3, 5.03) will get the start.