Delano Blasts Two Home Runs in Rox Win
St. Cloud, MN– Garrett Delano (Brown) launched two home-runs as St. Cloud (25-19) beat the Mankato MoonDogs (20-25) by a score of 10-1 at the Rock Pile. Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State) struck out a season-high seven batters in the win.
Jordan Barth (Augustana) got the scoring started on an RBI-double in the bottom of the first inning and scored Gus Steiger (South Dakota State) from first base. It was his 30th RBI of the season.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Delano blasted a three-run home run over the left field wall and put the Rox ahead 4-1.
The scoring continued in the bottom of the fourth inning as Brady Harlan (Oklahoma) hit an RBI-single up the middle and scored Freddy Achecar (Georgetown) from second base.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Rox loaded the bases. Steiger was hit by a pitch and scored Jack Kelly (Northwestern) to extend the lead to 6-1.
Delano was back at it in the bottom of the seventh inning, drilling a leadoff home run over the left field wall. Ben Carew (Kent State) hit a two-run triple into the gap in left field and scored Kelly and Achecar. Harlan would later bring in Carew on a single.
Following Koenig’s strong start, Riley Ahern (St. Cloud State) tossed 1.2 innings and struck out two batters. Drew Garrett (Johnson County CC) struck out two batters in the ninth inning on the mound.
For the full box score from game one of the doubleheader on Wednesday, click here.
The Rox will finish the two-game series against Mankato on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Franklin Rogers Ballpark.
St. Cloud returns home on Thursday, July 18th against the Bismarck Larks at 7:05 p.m. It’s Summertime St. Patty’s Night presented by Grain Belt Premium.
All single games tickets can be purchased now in person at the Rox Ticket Office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex, by calling the Rox Ticket office at 320-240-9798 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday or 24 hours a day by visiting www.stcloudrox.com.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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 (MIA). 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.