Avans Delivers Walk-Off to Derail Express
St. Cloud, MN — "Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) has been the Rox go-to guy night in and night out all season."
That was the first line from just yesterday. It held up today.
Avans saw his 24 game on-base streak end Wednesday night, but the man who everyone describes as a "gamer" came back to the field tonight, and carried his team when they needed him. With Michael Busch (North Carolina) on 2nd with 1 out in the 9th, Avans lined the first pitch of his at-bat to Right-Centerfield to put Thursday nights contest in the books. The Rox (28-17) walked-off for the 3rd time this year, and rallied in the 9th to take down the Express 5-4.
Avans also scored the 4th run of the game for St. Cloud. After a walk in the 5th, and his 22nd stolen base of the season Avans scored on Keaton Kringlen's (BYU) 3rd RBI single. Kringlen had his 1st 3-hit game of the season, and 3 RBI's put the Rox ahead early. His BYU teammate Daniel Schneemann drove in the only other run for St. Cloud but it was enough Thursday.
Ivan Coutinho (Bethune-Cookman) tossed two scoreless innings in the 8th and 9th to keep it a tie game. The Rox reliever got his 1st win of the season after not allowing a hit and striking out 3 Express batters.
Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) also threw two scoreless innings to keep his team in the hunt to start off this week's four game homestand.
Cameron Blaquiere (Western Carolina) joined Avans and Kringlen as the only other St. Cloud player to tally multiple hits.
The Rox start off the first of four straight home games before the All-Star break on a high note. They wrap up their series with the Express tomorrow night with the 1st pitch at 7:05 PM. After tomorrow's game there will be Friday Night Fireworks presented Cornerstone Buffet and Restaurant Sartell. To buy tickets you can go online at stcloudrox.com, or call our ticket office at the MAC weekdays from 9 AM-5 PM.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Thursday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Drew Avans. His walk-off single gave the Rox their 28th win this year. The Junior also added another single and walk, for his 7th multi-hit game this season.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 180 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two- time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.