OK, so which high school has the best baseball team in the City of Vision?
Cleveland held off the visiting Rams, 3-2, Friday evening at the Shockyards and moved into sole possession of first place in District 1-5A.
But each team still has five district games to play before the district is decided.
The Rams and Storm have split two games this season — each one-run games — and six of their last 10 meetings have been decided by one run. All-time, in 34 meetings, each team has won 17 times.
Cleveland coach Shane Shallenberger was happy with the win and first place, but noted, “It’s definitely not over. It’s a heck of a win for the kids. We played hard, they played hard.”
The Storm (12-7, 3-0) took advantage of a Ram error to score a run in the first and made it 2-0 on an Austin Barela double and Roman Branaugh triple in the second off Rams starter Seth Lee (3-2).
Meanwhile, Storm ace Jace Dominic didn’t allow a hit until two were out in the third and kept the Rams (18-3, 2-1) off the scoreboard until the fifth.
Lee walked and Bryan Vasquez laid down a sacrifice. Noah Braunschweiger, who stroked the first hit off Dominic, doubled to cut the deficit to 2-1. He came around to score after a Casen Savage bunt single and RBI-single by Ryan Casados send Braunschweiger home for a tie at 2.
The Storm took advantage of Lee’s wildness to score the winning run in the fifth. With two down, Chase Tyler singled, went to third on the first wild pitch, to third on the next and plated on Dominic’s ground-rule double.
Without those wild pitches, Dominic’s two-bagger wouldn’t have sent Tyler home.
Storm reliever Gavin Hoffman pitched the final two innings and survived, as the Rams’ leadoff batter in the sixth singled and went to third on an outfield error but couldn’t score; and in the seventh, he gave up a two-out walk and single before fanning Elijah Castaneda to end the game.
The teams square off again April 26 at 6 p.m. at RRHS.

Cleveland baseball coach Shane Shallenberger congratulates Roman Branaugh after his second-inning RBI-triple gave the Storm a 2-0 lead. (Herron photo)