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Published On: August 26th, 2016

A week following the final game of the 2016 Northwoods League season, we wanted to say thank you and look back at the best of the Rox 2016 season through a highlight video put together by Rox Video Producer, Sarah Paulus.  The Rox qualified for the playoffs for the second straight year, putting together a final record of 49-24, the second best record in franchise history after winning 51 games in 2015. The team had the best regular season home record in the Northwoods League at 27-8, and set new franchise records for highest total attendance with 60,179 fans and average game attendance with 1719 fans.

The team claimed some hardware in the regular season. They beat the rival Willmar Stingers in five of their eight regular season meetings to claim the Highway 23 trophy for the first time in franchise history. The two teams had split the season series in the past two seasons, but St. Cloud finally won the trophy outright.

Seven Rox players were named selected to the Northwoods League North Division All-Star team, and the six players who played in the game impressed. Three pitchers, Austin Dubsky (Murray State), Logan Salow (Kentucky), and Collin Strall (LSU) worked a scoreless inning the game, and three position players, Ricky Ramirez (McNeese State), Drew Freedman (Nova Southeastern), and Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) all reached base with Ringhofer leading the team with four singles.

Manager Augie Rodriguez was honored at the end of the regular season, being named the Northwoods League Manager of the Year for the first time. Rodriguez has now had four winning seasons in his five seasons at the helm for the Rox.                            

While the season may have ended sooner than the Rox would have liked it to, it was one for the history books. Thank you to our fans, corporate partners, host families, players, coaches, and staff for a great 2016 season. We’ll see you next season at the Rock Pile!

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The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods

League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). 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 and on Google Play.