GREENPORT — Chatham graduate Aidan Jackson's strong start and Chris Colotti's two-run home run propelled the Storm past the Warriors 6-1 in Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League action Wednesday afternoon at the Greenport Town Park.
The Storm started the scoring in the first inning with Collin Lynk reaching on hit by pitch and Colotti following it up with a two-run home run over the left field fence, giving the Storm a 2-0 lead. Colotti's blast was the league's first home run of the year.
The Storm added two more runs in the bottom of the second inning with runners on second and third, Josh Alvarez-Mapes ripped a single to left field that drove in Jarid Lucier and Jon Lezette, giving the Storm a commanding 4-0 lead.
The Warriors had an opportunity to strike in the fourth inning, Zach Schott led the inning off with the Warriors first single of the game and Sean Berry and Ronald Vespe reached on walks, giving the Warriors bases loaded with one out.
With Jackson in a jam, the Chatham graduated worked out of it striking out Austin Haley-Berry and forcing Michael Menz to ground out to first to end the inning.
The Warriors recorded their lone run of the game in the seventh inning off a Noah Stokes triple, driving in Menz to make it a 5-1 game, but the Storm added one more run in the eighth to capture a 6-1 victory.
Jackson tossed four shutout innings in the win, allowing two hits and fanning four batters. Connor Christensen earned the winning, tossing two shutout innings and striking out four batters.
At the dish, the Storm were led by Noah VanDerbeck and Lezette. VanDerbeck was 2-for-3 with a single and double and Lezette was 2-for-3 with two singles. Colotti added a home run and three RBI.
For the Warriors, Phil Proper got the start and tossed four innings surrendering five runs off six hits while punching out one batter. Matt Denatale was dealt the loss going four innings and allowing one run off one hit while punching out four batters.
At the plate, Menz was 2-for-4 with a single and a double and Sean Berry added a double.
The Storm (3-2) face the undefeated Knights on Saturday in double-header action starting at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, the Warriors (1-4) take on the Bears in a double-header on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.