Ryn Schreve’s pitching and a steady stream of hits led the St. Cloud Rox to a 4-0 Northwoods League win over the Bismarck Larks Monday at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.
The St. Cloud right-hander went six scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and never allowing a runner past second base.
Kyle Boser went three hitless innings to pick up the save and hand the Larks their first shutout of the season.
Schreve’s outing was his longest of the season.
“I was just trying to pace myself and get ahead and throw the ball low in the zone,” said Schreve, who improved to 2-0.
Schreve’s longest outing previously was five innings, but with a pitch count at only 73 through five innings, Schreve went back out in the seventh. He gave up a single but nothing else.
“Today was probably his best game,” St. Cloud manager Augie Rodriquez said. “He threw strikes where he wanted to throw them. A lot of times he tends to mess up but today he got more balls down in the zone.”
Schreve allowed a double and single to Mitch Gallagher, two singles to Mason Pierzchalski and a single to David Salguiero.
“We didn’t have the offensive output,” Bismarck manager Sean Repay said. “They’re one of the top pitching staffs in the league, we knew that coming in. You can’t hit every game.”
The Larks left six runners on base, but that paled next to the 12 left on by St. Cloud.
Even so, the only thing more impressive that the Rox pitching was their hitting, as they pounded out 14 hits.
Cleanup hitter Shame Selman and No. 9 hitter Ricardo Sanchez had three hits each. Cameron Eden, Mason Mamarella and Matt Tarantino had two hits apiece.
“Yesterday we lost a game where we left 14 on base,” Rodriquez said. “Today I quit counting. Our offense is trying to click. We’re trying to find a rhythm.”
The game was the seventh time this season that the Larks (10-11) have scored two or fewer runs.
St. Cloud took advantage of a two-out throwing error by Larks second-baseman Gallagher to go up 1-0 in the first.
Rox leadoff hitter Eden dropped an opposite-field double over first base on the first pitch of the game and came home when Michael Busch’s ground ball was misplayed.
St. Cloud third baseman Angelo Altavilla bounced his first hit of the year through the infield in the fourth inning to drive in Matt Tarantino, who led off the inning with a double.
Larks starter Andy Lalonde went 6.2 innings, giving up eight hits and two runs. He was lifted for Noah Luedtke with runners on first and second and Luedtke struck out Eden to end the threat.
Boser struck out four and walked one.
The teams play the final game of a two-game series today at 11:05 a.m.