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Published On: June 30th, 2018

 

 

St. Cloud, MN – The St. Cloud Rox finished up a two-game series with the Bismarck Larks on Friday night at the Rock Pile by putting on an offensive showcase.

Led by Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) with two two-run home runs and Sean Ross (San Diego State) with five hits, St. Cloud went off for 11 runs on 14 hits to come away with the 11-9 win over Bismarck.

Stephens started things off for the Rox, belting a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning. He added another two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning, once again homering to left. Stephens finished 3-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Stephens, who also homered twice on June 13 against Bismarck, ties the Rox single game record for most home runs in a game.

Ross finished a perfect 5-for-5 with one RBI and one run scored for St. Cloud, tying Chris Paul’s Rox single game record set on July 8, 2013 for most hits in a game.

Along with Stephens and Ross, Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored, while Hance Smith (California-Berkeley), Chad Bible (San Diego State) and Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) all tallied one RBI for St. Cloud.

Carlo Graffeo (Minnesota State, Mankato) pitched the first four inning on the mound for the Rox, picking up a no-decision. Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M) pitched three innings in relief to grab the win, giving up one hit, two runs and striking out two. Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) shut the door with one shutout inning in the ninth to earn the save.

St. Cloud (16-16 overall) will wrap up its six-game homestand at 6:05 p.m. Saturday night against the Willmar Stingers at the Rock Pile. The game will be Rox Baseball Bank Giveaway & Quarter Drop presented by Great River Federal Credit Union. The first 300 fans 12 years old and under will receive a baseball bank and will have a chance to pick up 4,000 quarters on the field after the game.

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.