Landon Stephens drilled a two-run homerun to go with an RBI double and St. Cloud Rox pitchers held the Thunder Bay Border Cats to just four hits in a 9-3 win on Wednesday at Joe Faber Field.
After winning three of four on a recent homestand, the Border Cats have dropped two straight on the road to fall to 11-18 with six games remaining in the first half of the Northwoods League baseball season.
St. Cloud (18-11) pounded Thunder Bay 17-3 on Tuesday.
Stephens added to a 2-1 Rox lead in the bottom of the fifth inning with a homer off Cats reliever Carols Lequerica that also scored teammate Garrett Delano, who walked earlier in the inning.
Brett Bonar added a two-run single in the seventh inning and Stephens’ double added more insurance in the eighth.
Jakob Newton’s RBI single in the top of the third inning and Jordan Larson’s two-run double in the seventh were the only scores by the Border Cats.
Lequerica came on for starter Trent Valentine, who went four innings of three-hit ball.
Thunder Bay visits the Duluth Huskies (11-19) tonight and Friday. Duluth is coming off a NWL record loss on Wednesday. The Huskies fell 21-0 to the Bismarck Larks marking the most lopsided shutout loss in league history.
The Border Cats then return home to host the Waterloo Bucks for four-straight games to close out the first half schedule.
Among those games is a Canada Day matinee on Monday at 1:35 p.m.