Cox was rudely introduced to the game when Justin Byrd homered (7) to open the game and give Salina the early 1-0 lead.
The Stockade extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the 2nd inning on yet another Byrd home run, this time a 3-run shot to open the Salina lead up to 4-0.
The Stompers answered in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases on a hit from Pedro Barrios and walks from Jacob Barfield and Rayson Romero. With a left-hander on the mound, Ben Herrick, Barfield stole home in exciting fashion with 2 outs to crack the goose egg for the Stompers. Then, Nick Gotta singled home Barrios to cut the lead in half 4-2. Romero later scored on a wild pitch to bring the Stompers within 1, 4-3.
Salina got another run in the top of the 3rd inning after Cosimo Cannella reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-3.
Dondrei Hubbard led off the bottom of the 4th inning with a ringing double and he scored on a Barrios RBI single, bringing the Salina lead back to just 1, 5-4.
The Stompers broke it open in the bottom of the 6th inning when they scored 3 times. Romero led off the inning with a single and scored on an error by catcher Nick Crouse to tie it up 5-5. Chris Kwitzer drove a 2-run double to left-center to bring home Rob DeAngelis and Hubbard to give the Stompers their first lead.
Kwitzer drove in another insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning, hitting a sacrifice fly to bring DeAngelis home and put the Stompers ahead by 3, 8-5.
The score would hole there and the Stompers got 4 shutout innings from the bullpen. 2 innings from Willie Ethington; one inning each from Ethan Gibbons and Ryan Richardson, who collected his 6th save.