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Rox Rumble Past Bucks for First Win

Waterloo, IA — The Rox are back in the win column following Wednesday nights 8-2 win over the Bucks, avenging an error-filled Opening Day loss that ended in a 5-4 defeat. St. Cloud used a dominanting effort on both sides of the field. 

The tone was set by the Rox offense, scoring two runs in the top of the 1st inning, courtesy of a Waterloo error in the outfield. The real story for the second straight day was the Rox starting pitcher. Ryan Shreve (Pacific) threw a wild pitch in the 2nd inning that allowed a run to score…but that was the lone error he committed. The 18-year-old went five complete innings, allowing that run and just three hits. His teammate Bailey Hansen (Pacific) picked up in releif allowing just one run in the bottom of the 9th over more than three innings pitched. Louis Pugliese (Flagler) closed out the final three outs and shut the door on a quiet night from the Bucks offense. 

Meanwhile, St. Cloud got into a rhythm offensively, especially in the 4th. Louie Baker (Scottsdale CC) started with a leadoff single, and that was just the beginning. Eric Feliz (Notre Dame) drove in Baker later in the inning, and then the next two Rox batter drove in four more runs to put up a five spot on Waterloo.

For the second day as well, Baker and Feliz found success in the batter's box at Riverfront Stadium. Baker reached base four times tonight (3-4, 1 BB) and finished the two game series with a .778% OBP to lead STC. After an RBI double in the 9th yesterday, Feliz started today where he left off, going 3-4 as well with one RBI and one walk.

The Rox are back at Joe Faber Field Friday night for its home opener against the Rochester Honkers. First, though, a game on the road in Rochester tomorrow night. FIrst pitch is set for 7:05 PM with the Rox Solid Pregame Warmpup starting at 6:35. Then, finally the home opener on Friday night!

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 Times Player of the Game is Ryan Shreve. The RHP went 5 innings, allowing just 1 ER and 3 hits to the Bucks offense in the win. 

Full Box Score can be found here: http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=381886

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