Waterloo, IA – St. Cloud (10-9) scored a season high fifteen runs off eighteen hits as the offense carried the team to a convincing, 15-7 win over the Waterloo Bucks (6-12). Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) powered the offense with three hits and two RBI, as two of the hits were off the outfield wall. Evan Johnson (Creighton) notched the win.
The Rox scored first for their fifth game in a row, as the took an early 2-0 lead. Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest) singled to left field in the away half of the inning. Waterloo responded with two runs of their own and tied the game after the first inning.
Kerr would keep the hitting going in the second inning, when he doubled off the center field wall and brought home Hance Smith (UC-Berkeley) to reclaim the lead. The Rox wouldn’t look back in the game. By the end of the inning, St. Cloud held a 5-2 lead.
The fourth inning featured more runs for St. Cloud as they scored four more runs. Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) started the scoring with a single to left field and scored Kerr. Connor Aube (UT-Arlington) then doubled to left field that scored Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) and Stephens. Jack Barrie (Northwestern-Ohio) would later score on a dropped third strike that rolled to the backstop. The Rox had a commanding, 9-3 lead after four innings.
St. Cloud would tack on three runs in the fifth and ninth innings to get to fifteen runs. Waterloo, who hadn’t scored since the third inning, pushed four runs across in the home half of the ninth inning. The two teams combined for thirty-three base hits in the game.
Carlo Graffeo (Minnesota State-Mankato) started for the Rox and pitched three innings, allowing four hits. Johnson also pitched three innings, striking out two batters and allowing no runs. Landon Clifton (Louisiana State-Eunice) made his second appearance of the season, tossing two innings and striking out four batters.
The nine-inning game was four hours and eleven minutes long, which is fifth all-time in the 25 years of the Northwoods League. St. Cloud will aim to sweep Waterloo Sunday afternoon, with a 2:05 first pitch time at Riverfront Stadium.
The Rox are in their seventh season of Northwoods League Baseball in 2018. Single game and group tickets for the entire season are on sale now. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the Rox Ticket Office on the west end of the Municipal Athletic Complex, call 320-240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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, more than 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). 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.