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Rox Power Past Honkers in Shutout Win

St. Cloud, MN — Sunday afternoon had Rox fans nodding and smiling again. This is the team that won 25 games in the 1st half and won the division title. Behind big plays at the plate and on the mound, the Rox cruised to a 7-0 win over the Honkers. 

Shane Selman (McNeese State) and Michael Busch (North Carolina) flexed their muscle at home, each driving in 3 runs.

Selman started the scoring in the 3rd when he came up with the bases loaded and 2 outs. He hit a high fly-ball to Rightfield but the Honkers couldn't track it down, and the Rox cashed in big time.

Later, Busch belted his 3rd home run of the season in the 6th inning, bringing in Brendan Illies (North Carolina) to extend the lead. With the cherry on top in the 7th, he drove in another run to cap the scoring today.

Robbie Palkert (Nebraska) was nearly overshadowed again by his offense. He quietly put down the Honkers lineup in the 5 innings he pitched. He only gave up 3 hits and 1 walk en route to his 4th win. Palkert also has put together a phenomenal streak of 18 straight scoreless innings, and on top of that St. Cloud has won all 7 games he has pitched in this year.

Ryan Shreve (Pacific) tossed 3 innings, and only surrendered 1 walk. He also struck out 3 in his 1st relief appearance. Anthony DiMeglio (Fordham) closed out the 9th inning and the Rox took care of business in their 1st of 7 straight home games this week.

St. Cloud now prepares to face Thunder Bay for a two game series starting tomorrow. There will be a baseball giveaway presented by Sentry Bank to the 1st 300 kids 14 and under in attendance. For tickets to Monday's game or for any other game this week you can call our box office at 9 AM tomorrow morning at (320)240-9798 or visit our website 24 hours a day at stcloudrox.com.

Today's Box Score.

Northwoods League Standings.

Sunday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Robbie Palkert. Despite big efforts from Busch and Selman, Palkert was that impressive. He dominated in his 5 innings, throwing less than 60 pitches on his way to an unblemished 4-0 record. He also extended his scoreless streak to 18 innings.

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.