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Published On: August 10th, 2018

 

St. Cloud, MN – The 2017 Northwoods League Champions St. Cloud Rox finished out the 2018 regular season home schedule with a bang on Friday night.

The Rox offense went off for nine runs on 12 hits to take down the Thunder Bay Border Cats 9-7 in front of a large Rock Pile crowd. The win marks the fourth straight victory for St. Cloud.

The Rox kicked things off in the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second inning to jump out to a three-run lead early on over the Border Cats. After falling behind 5-3 in the top of the sixth inning, St. Cloud answered back with six runs in the bottom half of the inning to retake the lead and not let up.

St. Cloud was led at the plate by Ryan Davis (Georgetown), who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Michael Borst (Minot State) went 2-for-5 with two RBI, while Ryan Weisenberg (Georgetown) and Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas at Pine Bluff) each had one hit, one run scored and two RBI and Sean Ross (San Diego State) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Evan Johnson (Creighton) got the start on the mound for the Rox, pitching six impressive innings on the hill. The 2018 Rox Co-MVP gave up just five hits, one run and struck out seven to earn a no-decision. Joey Stock (St. John’s) pitched 0.1 innings, Carlo Graffeo (Minnesota State-Mankato) threw 2.2 innings and Finn Del Bonta-Smith (San Jose State) pitched the final inning in relief to finish things off for the Rox.

St. Cloud (20-14 second half, 36-34 overall) will hit the road for two games in Eau Claire to finish out the regular season. The Rox will face the Express at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday, before taking on Eau Claire in the regular season finale at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday.

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, over 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 portalFor 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.