Quakes

Jacob Amaya leads off the first inning with a home run for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sept. 6.  Then in the ninth inning, he ended the game with another home run, giving the Quakes a 6-5 win over Lake Elsinore.  However, the Quakes lost on Sept. 7 and saw their season come to an end. (Contributed photo by Mike Myers)

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes' fine season came to an end on Sept. 7 with an 11-2 loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California League South Division Finals.

The Storm ended up winning the series, 3 games to 1, and will advance to the Championship Series against Visalia.

Lake Elsinore won the first two games of the series before the Quakes stayed alive momentarily by rallying for a thrilling 6-5 win in Game 3 on Sept. 6.

Game 3 was tied at 4-4 before the Storm pushed across a run in the top of the ninth inning to go ahead, 5-4.

But in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Starling Heredia of the Quakes slugged the first pitch over the left field fence to tie the score.

And on the very next pitch, Jacob Amaya clobbered a home run to left-center, giving Rancho Cucamonga the dramatic walk-off victory in front of a crowd of more than 3,100 fans.

It was the second home run of the night for Amaya, who led off the first inning with a solo blast.

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