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Storm spoil Phillies' comeback
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It didn't take the Ceres Storm long to regain their composure after letting a six-run lead slip away.

The Ceres Youth Baseball Pony Division recreational league team scored three times in the top of the sixth inning and held on for a 10-8 victory over the Ceres Phillies on Thursday at George Costa Fields.

"They really rally around each other," Storm coach Jerry Cundiff said. "The energy they create in the dugout is good. It's a motivation."

The Phillies roared back from a 7-1 deficit by tallying two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and four in the fifth. A two-out, two-run single by D.J. Graves that scored Abraham Navarro and Juan Reyes tied the contest heading into the sixth inning.

"I thought we were going to win because we had a lot of momentum," Navarro said.

The Storm broke a 7-7 tie by pushing three runs across the plate in the top of the sixth inning.

Vince Gutierrez singled and moved to second on Andrew Cano's hit. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Sal Alvarez drew a walk to load the bases. Jose Vazquez's patience at the plate led to a walk and scored Gutierrez. Jose Nava plated Cano and Alvarez when he laced a double into the left-center gap.

The Phillies threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Frankie Delgado walked with two out and scored on Nick Welsh's double. Welsh advanced to third when the throw from right field got past the Storm's second baseman.

Navarro, the Phillies' final batter, hit a grounder to pitcher Manny Amezola. Amezola gunned down Welsh at the plate to end the game.

"They get in jams and work themselves through them," Cundiff said. "They've shown that in the last four games. We're real proud."

Amezola got the win in relief. The righthander allowed one run and a double with a strikeout and a walk in 11/3 innings of work.

The Storm notched their third straight victory and split the season series (1-1) with the Phillies.