Rained out of its first three home games, the Storm finally played on its own turf Saturday and lost a heartbreaker to the previously winless Rams.
The Storm (2-5) out-hit the visitors 11-5 but couldn’t overcome seven errors. The game was tied 2-2 after three innings, and 3-3 after five. San Francisco (1-7) took an 8-3 lead with four runs in the eighth, and NVC answered with two-run rallies in the eighth and ninth.
Andrew Wheat had a big day for NVC at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Adding one hit apiece were Cole Chait (1 for 3, sacrifice fly, two RBIs), Ryan Rudstrom (1 for 3, double, sacrifice fly, RBI, run), Jose Sosa (1 for 1, RBI, run), Randy Keen (1 for 5, double, RBI, run), Cameron Taylor (1 for 3, RBI), Rupert Watson (1 for 4, double), Brandon Ortega (1 for 4).
Mateo Fernandez pitched the first five innings for the Storm, allowing just one hit and three runs — two earned — with five walks and five strikeouts.
Garden Jordan pitched the sixth and got the loss, allowing one hit, one earned run and one walk with one hit batter. Troy Nixon worked the next 1 1/3 innings, giving up a hit, three runs — two earned — while fanning one, and Grant Wright pitched the last 1 2/3 innings, yielding two hits and an unearned run with three strikeouts and one hit batter.
The Storm next visit Shasta-Redding for a 2 p.m. game on Friday and an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 22.