Bismarck, ND – Landon Stephens (Miami-Ohio) hit his sixth home run of the season but St. Cloud (16-19) fell to the Bismarck Larks (24-11) by a score of 12-2. The game was called due to a rainstorm after eight innings of play.
Stephens got the scoring going for St. Cloud in the top of the fourth inning, with a solo home run to left field. It was his third of the season at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark and his fifth against the Larks. The other scoring inning for the Rox came in the seventh inning. Jack Barrie (Northwestern Ohio) doubled to left field and was later scored on a Sean Ross (San Diego State) double.
Will Warren (Southeastern Louisiana) made the start on the mound, striking out six batters in just over three innings pitched. Spencer Mraz (Miami-Ohio) pitched three and two thirds innings, giving up three hits and striking out three batters. Sergio Esparza (Arkansas Pine-Bluff) pitched the eighth inning, making it back-to-back nights he has seen work on the mound.
The Rox will close out the series tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 7:35. It will be the final game of the year between Bismarck and St. Cloud.
St. Cloud will be back at home on Thursday, July 5 as the team continues to celebrate Independence Day. The Rox will wear their military appreciation jerseys one last time. There will be post game fireworks.
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.