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A rough night for Justin Hancock

LAKE ELSINORE - The game started off on a good note with Justin Hancock, struggling to regain the form that he showed in Fort Wayne earlier in the season, as he set down the first two Lancaster JetHawks.

On a swinging strike three to end the inning Hancock threw a wild pitch that got past catcher Jeremy Rodriguez. Designated Hitter Nolan Fontana raced down to first base where his thrown bat impeded Rodriguez's ability to pick up the ball and throw out the runner.

"The umpire saw the ball hit the bat but apparently the bat has to be still for it to be a dead ball," said Rodriguez on why the play was not ruled interference.

"If the bat is moving and the ball is moving there isn't any rule. I thought it was interference, the umpire didn't."

Rodriguez protested in vain which was followed by a long, yet seemingly calm argument, by Storm manager Shawn Wooten. As Wooten was turning to go back into the dug out he was thrown from the game.

After a long layover for Hancock, Lancaster followed with a single and then a double by catcher Tyler Heineman to plate two runs.

Hancock pitched better than his numbers indicated but was done in by three stolen bases and a costly two-run error by shortstop Bridger Hunt, who is filling in for the injured Jace Peterson.

Offensively there wasn't much to report. First baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones hit a towering home run to left field in the third inning and was three for four on the night. Jeremy Baltz, who was the designated hitter, was 2-4.

The game spiraled out of control in the ninth as the JetHawks batted round and scored six runs off of Storm relief pitcher Luis De La Cruz.

In the bottom of the ninth third baseman Duanel Jones hit a two-run home run to bring the score to 12-4, for his sixth home run of the season.

Storm Notes: Despite an 0-5 night, Corey Adamson is a much improved player from last year. He looks far more comfortable at the plate with a much faster bat and quicker load. Adamson is only twenty years old and its strange to remember he was signed with San Diego out of Australia when he was only 16. Every winter Adamson returns to Australia and plays in the Australian Baseball League where he hit .321/.414/.448 for the Perth Heat last winter....With both Travis Jankowski and Jace Peterson out for the season the Storm are going to need some help if they are going to make the playoffs. The Storm have qualified for the playoffs for the past eight years and twelve out of the past thirteen.

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