CATSKILL — The Storm moved closer to wrapping up the regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League playoffs with a 10-1 victory over the Rattlers at Ricky Cramer Field on Tuesday.
Coach Ed DuPont’s Storm are now 12-3 and has a 3 1/2 game lead over the second-place Orioles, who are 9-7. The Mudcats are 8-7, the rattlers 7-9, Bucks 4-8-1 and Knights 4-10-1.
The Storm currently own the best team batting average in the HRCBL with a .288 average. Nick Cimillo is second in the league in the individual batting race, hitting at a .525 clip.
The Storm also boast the best pitching staff in the league with opponents batting just .194. DuPont’s staff has struck out 181 batters (tops in the league) and has the lowest earned run average at 3.03.
Fielding has also been a strength for the Storm, who have the No. 1 defense with a .971 fielding percentage.
Cimillo led the Storm with two doubles and a single. Alex More added three singles, Jason Mark, Kurt Forsell and Noah Valvo each had two singles and Branden Eacott and Jeremiah Ernst both singled.
Anthony Raimo collected two singles for the Rattlers. Jack Nichols, Nathan Toms and Christian Brennan all singled.
Ray Seward started on the mound for the Storm and pitched four innings, striking out one, walking one and allowing four hits. Austin Walsh struck out two in 1 1/3 innings, Connor Christensen allowed a run and a hit in 2/3 of an inning, EEthan Caizza struck out one and gave up a hit in 2/3 of an inning and Adam Hall struck out one in 1/3 of an inning.
Ryan Lawyer pitched three innings for the Rattlers, striking out four, walking three and allowingfour runs and six hits. Isiah Tucker walked two and surrendered five runs and two hits in 2/3 of an inning, Matt Hinderliter struck out one and gave up three hits in one inning and David Sausto allowed one run and three hits with one strikeout in two innings.
The Orioles take on the Bucks on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The weekend schedule:
10 a.m., Mudcats vs. Bucks; 12:30 p.m., Bucks vs. Knights; 3 p.m., Knights vs. Orioles; 5:30 p.m., Storm vs. Orioles.
10 a.m., Bucks vs. Rattlers; 12:30 p.m., Orioles vs. Rattlers; 3 p.m., Mudcats vs. Storm.