Rox Bats Come Alive in Bounce Back Win; Return Home Saturday
It didn't take long for the Rox to assert themselves offensively in their 10-4 victory over the Duluth Huskies on Friday night. Marcus Carson (Kentucky) lined the second pitch of the game into right center field and showed off his SEC speed as he led off the game with a triple for the Rox.
After Marcus Carson scored when Lee Miller (Davidson) reached on an error, John Sansone (Florida St.) doubled into left center field to continue the red-hot start as the Rox had runners on second and third with nobody out. Webb Bobo (SE Louisiana) followed an Athmann ground out with an RBI groundout of his own, as Miller scored to push the Rox lead to 2-0. Brandon Benson (Georgia College) added a timely 2-out single to plate Sansone, and the Rox took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
The Rox held their 3-0 lead into the fourth inning, when Carson and Miller both doubled and scored in the inning to push the Rox advantage to five.
Zach Pop (Kentucky) got the start on the mound for the Rox and was brilliant through the first 5 innings of the game. Pop ran into trouble in the 6th though, when the Huskies began to mount a comeback. The Huskies would score four runs, three earned, before Erik Martinez (California) came in to stop the bleeding for the Rox as they escaped the 6th inning with a 5-4 lead.
With the crowd coming alive in the 7th, Liam Bedford (Doane College) silenced the Huskies faithful with a one out double that plated two. Bedford finished the game 3-5 from the plate with 3 RBI's, including his first homerun of the season, a solo shot to dead centerfield in the top of the 9th inning.
Holding a 7-4 lead in the 8th, Sansone tied Athmann atop the Rox lead for homeruns with his 4th of the season, a 2-run blast to left field to push the Rox lead up to 5.
Tonight's SC Times player of the game was Liam Bedford. Bedford was 3-5 with 3 RBI's and a solo HR. For more Rox coverage, please visit www.sctimes.com
You can find tonight's box score here—http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=260537
The Rox open up a 2 game series at home on Saturday against the Eau Claire Express. Saturday is Halloween in July presented by Party City. 1st 400 kids 14 & under receive a candy bag for a post-game candy drop. Best costume contest, two winners will receive a new bike! First pitch scheduled for 6:05 PM.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest summer collegiate baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.