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Selman Homers But Rox Rally Falls Short

Bismarck, ND — Shane Selman (McNeese State) did it again Sunday. The sophomore hit an RBI single in the 1st inning for the 2nd time in the last three games, and then belted his 4th home run of the season in the 9th. His 5th multi-RBI game of the summer was not enough though, as the Rox fell to the Larks 7-6. Brendan Illies (North Carolina) came up next with 2 outs and singled, but the tying run was stuck there after a strikeout to end the game.

St. Cloud got off to a strong start in the opening inning after traveling over from Waterloo the night before. Following Selman's single, Illies hit a double, and after a Larks error Selman scored from 3rd. The Rox wouldn't score again until the 6th when they tied it up at 4 apiece. 

They did not get a hit from the 6th inning until Selman's bomb, but came back into the game by drawing 6 walks in that span, including 4 in the 6th. Selman started it with a walk and scored after another Bismarck error. Then, Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) recorded an RBI with a bases loaded walk. He also made an unbelievable play in Centerfield in the 5th. With the bases loaded and 1 out, Avans caught a fly ball and gunned down a Larks runner at home to keep the Rox within striking distance, and get out of that inning scoreless. 

St. Cloud looks to bounce back tomorrow night when they play its final regular season road game in Bismarck. 1st pitch is set for 7:05 PM. We then return home Tuesday night in a game against the MoonDogs. There will be a Rox drawstring bag giveaway to the 1st 300 kids 14 and under presented by Central Minnesota Credit Union. It will also be our 1st taco Tuesday! Each fan at the game will receive a certificate for a free taco at taco johns. To check out other promotions coming up, you can check our schedule on our website stcloudrox.com for more information.

Today's Box Score.

Northwoods League Standings.

Sunday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is Shane Selman. The NWL All-Star went 2-3 with a home run, RBI single and 3 runs scored. 

The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two- time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.