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Rox Open Series in Front of Sold Out Crowd

 

St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud Rox opened up a two-game series against the Bismarck Larks on Thursday night at the Rock Pile in front of a packed, sold out crowd at the Rock Pile.

The Rox came up short at the hands of the Larks in the game, falling 12-10 in front of 2,129 fans at Joe Faber Field.

Trailing 10-6 heading to the bottom half of the eighth inning, St. Cloud made an impressive comeback late by scoring four runs to tie the game up at 10-10. Bismarck ended up tallying two runs in the top of the ninth to take the game.

St. Cloud got on the board in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs to jump out to an early lead. Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) had an RBI single that ended up scoring a total of two runs due to an error. Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) capped the inning off with an RBI single to center, scoring Stephens.

The Rox added two more runs in the third inning and one in the sixth before adding four more in the eighth inning.

St. Cloud was led at the plate by Bobby Seymour (Wake Forest), who finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. Stephens went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI, Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Noah Hill (BYU) added one hit and two RBI and Ryan Davis (Georgetown) had two hits and two runs scored.

Jack Cushing (Georgetown) pitched the first 3.2 innings to earn the no-decision. Jake Suddreth (BYU) pitched 2.1 innings, giving up just one run and striking out two, while Spencer Mraz (Miami-Ohio) pitched two hitless innings, followed by Sergio Esparza (Arkansas at Pine Bluff) throwing the final inning in relief.

St. Cloud (15-16 overall) is back in action against Bismarck at 7:05 p.m. Friday night back at the Rock Pile. The game will feature Friday Night Fireworks presented by Cornerstone Buffet & Restaurant. Immediately following the conclusion of the game, there will be a fireworks extravaganza beyond center field at the Rock Pile.

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.