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.

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