Willmar, MN — The Highway 23 Rivalry Trophy will once again stay in St. Cloud. Thanks to their best offensive output of the season, the Rox cruised to a 20-3 win Tuesday night. They ended the season series 5-3 against the Stingers, and clinched at least a share of the rivalry trophy in each of the past four seasons.
St. Cloud scored 4 runs in the 4th, 3 in the 5th and 6th and a new season-high 8 runs in the 7th inning. To keep it short and simple, the Rox tore the cover off the ball. They set new season-highs with 20 runs and 19 hits. Everyone got in on the hitting party too. All nine starters had at least one hit, and four players had three hits. In addition, eight players registered RBIs with six of those players having more than one.
Carlo Graffeo (Southeastern Louisiana) had a lot of run support to work with, but he controlled the Stingers offense and shut them down for most of his 6 innings pitched. In his 3rd start against them this year, the sophomore picked up his 3rd win and only allowed 2 earned runs. Will Reese (LSU) and Shelby Lackey (Pacific) tossed a combined 3 hitless innings and finished the night off.
The Rox move to one game behind the MoonDogs for the best overall record in the North Division. The two teams now get set to square off for four games over the next three days. The Rox host a double-header tomorrow with our 1st game starts at 12:05 PM where its a midweek matinee and take your co-worker to the ballpark for lunch day. The 2nd game begins at 7:05 PM, and there will be a Rox cooler bag giveaway presented by grain belt premium to the 1st 250 fans 21 and older in attendance.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Without singling anybody out, the Rox offense deserves the St. Cloud Times Player(s) of the night. Every player contributed one way or another to help lead St. Cloud to its best offensive night of the year..
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.