As Ron would have had it, the game was played and won by the Rox, 7-4. Maybe not exactly as he would have had it...The late manager may have voiced some complaints regarding the lack of perfect defense and inability to score any of the first five runners in scoring position. Not to say it was an error filled game, but a few well hit balls seemed to elude the gloves of the Rox defense.
Going into the bottom of the seventh inning the Rox were trailing the Cards 4-1. Joe Fuller had scored the Rox lone run in the sixth inning. Chris Fellows, Rox starting pitcher threw six and one third innings giving up four runs, only one earned, on six hits. In the bottom of the seventh the Rox finally took advantage of their scoring opportunities. With one out Riley Sammon reach on a fielding error. John Thomas and C. Fellows followed with walks. Chris Doney was hit by a pitch scoring Sammon. Jeff Watson and Joe Fuller connected on back to back hits followed by a Chance Haugen double. In all, the Rox scored six straight runs to take a 7-4 lead into the eighth inning.
A three run lead was more than enough for Tony Schake who came in for his second relief appearance of the day. He pitched well for two and a third innings, with two outs in the ninth he lost command and walked three of four batters. With the bases loaded and tying runner on first T. Schake handed the ball to Fuller. Fuller pitched the final out of the game getting the save, with the win going to T. Shake.
The weekend split cost the Rox (11-2) the number one seed going into the 9c Region Tournament, but it was enough to the Rox as an automatic qualifier and the two seed. The Rox will be in action at the Dumont Saints home field on Saturday, July 30th at 5 p.m. vs. the Madison Mallards.