La Crosse, WI – Michael Borst (Minot State) and Ryland Kerr (Eastern Kentucky) drove in two runs each to help lead St. Cloud (34-34) to a 9-6 win over La Crosse. The Rox scored four runs in the eighth inning to reclaim the lead for good. St. Cloud has now swept each of its last two road series.
The scoring began in the second inning, when Jack Barrie (Reinhardt) scored on an error from the outfield. Borst then drove in a run on a sac-fly. Another two-run inning would occur in the third inning. Borst was back at it, this time with a ground ball in the infield that scored a run. Kerr would follow him on an RBI to the right side of the infield.
In the sixth inning, Ryan Davis (Georgetown) drilled a triple to right field, scoring Kerr from first base. Davis would finish the game with three hits, leading the team in that category.
With two innings left to play, St. Cloud trailed 6-5. The Rox responded in a big way, bringing home four runs to take a commanding 9-6 lead. With Ben Carew (Kent State) on second base, an error on the Loggers first baseman allowed him to score as Barrie ended up on third base. Two batters later, Borst hit a ball that one took one hop to the right field wall. It scored two runs and he wound up on third base. Kerr would later score Borst to put the Rox up 9-6
Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) earned his seventh save of the season after closing out the game in the ninth inning.
Kenny Saenz (BYU) started the game for St. Cloud, tossing five innings and striking out seven batters. Sergio Esparza (Arkansas at Pine Bluff), Kyle Richardson (Texas A&M), Hance Smith (California), and Del Bonta-Smith all pitched one inning of relief work out of the bullpen.
The defending Northwoods League Champions will be back at the Rock Pile on Thursday evening, opening a two-game homestand with Thunder Bay. The World’s Best Extreme Pogo Entertainment, XPOGO Stunt Team will be performing throughout the night presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Media Partner: 98 Country.
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, 200 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.