St. Cloud, Minn. – The St. Cloud Rox defeated the Mankato MoonDogs 6-5 Wednesday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader. A crowd of 1,684 at the Rock Pile saw the 2015 team set a Rox record of 38 wins in a season. The 2014 team held the old record with 37 wins.
Ryan Kokora (Paradise Valley Community College) started on the mound and went 5.1 innings where he struck out two batters. Gilian van Lith (Rocs Aventus) game in for Kokora and faced one batter.
Brian Glowicki (University of Minnesota) would pick up the win after he went 3.0 innings where he struck out one batter and did not allow a hit.
St. Cloud would score their first run in the second inning when Kyle Serrano (Colorado Mesa University) singled in Michael Strem (Boston College).
The Rox would continue their comeback in the second inning when John Sansone (Florida State University) hit a two-run homerun off a tree in deep left field. Lee Miller (Davidson College) would score on the homerun.
Jake Farr (Tennessee Tech) would score in the fifth inning on a Joe Tietjen (UNC Ashville) triple. Austin Athmann (University of Minnesota) would hit a double in the sixth inning that would score Sansone.
Sansone would score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Michael Strem (Boston College) would bloop a single into shallow right field.
John Sansone would finish the game 3-4 with one homerun, two RBIs and three runs scored.
The Rox are now 18-7 in the second half and 37-22 overall. St. Cloud leads the second half North Division standings by three games over Willmar.
Game two is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start with gates opening at 6:05 p.m. The National Entertainment Act “Cowboy Monkey” will be at the Rock Pile presented by Ram Trucks and Brandl Motors.
Tonight’s St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is John Sansone after his big game. For more coverage of the Rox during the 2015 season visit www.sctimes.com.
For more stats and information about tonight’s game, here is the boxscore:
Single game tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day at www.stcloudrox.com, by calling (320) 240-9798 or by visiting the Rox ticket office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex.
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. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com.