St. Cloud, MN — It started in the top of the 5th inning. The Rox resumed a game postponed from last Friday, and kicked things off with a monster inning. On the first pitch tonight, Brendan Illies (North Carolina) singled and brought in Cameron Blaquiere (Western Carolina) who tripled at Wade Stadium before the game was halted.
The hitting party just started there as St. Cloud would go on to bat through the order in that inning, and tallied RBI's from Cameron Eden (Cal), Matthew Tarantino (Pacific) and Daniel Schneemann (BYU).
They hit around the order again in the 7th and cruised to a 10-3 win behind a blitz at the plate. 8 different players had a hit, and 7 of those drove in at least one run. Illies was the only player to have multiple RBI's tonight.
Following a 30 minute break, play resumed where the Rox fell behind early but clawed their way back. Ultimately they fell 4-3 after having ample chances to tie it or take the lead.
The Rox scored 3 runs in the 5th inning after trailing by 4, and their rally started in thanks to the play of Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) and Schneemann. Michael Busch (North Carolina) still had a solid game, going 2-3 with a double.
They now look to finish the season series tomorrow against the Huskies with a win. It will be Military Appreciation Day presented by Rapid Recovery and Aquatic Center with the 1st pitch at 4:05 PM. Sunday is also Coborn’s Kids Day! Kids have the chance to run the bases and get autographs on the field after the game.
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Saturday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Brendan Illies, who had 2 RBIs and 3 hits in the win against Duluth in game 1 of the double-header.
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.