St. Cloud, MN — Well, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. Last year's Northwoods League leader in walks stood at the plate with a full count and two outs in the bottom of the 10th. Except Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) did not get to ball four. He hit a ground ball toward second base, and it looked like an easy groundout to end the inning. Key emphasis on "looked like."
Michael Pereznegron for the Larks picked up the ball hit right at him, but dropped the ball before he could throw to first. The ball hit the grass behind him, and Ricardo Sanchez (Arkansas-Pine Bluff) touched home for the Rox win.
On a day where both offenses struggled to hit, three of the four runs in the 9 innings came from wild pitches. David Salguiero scored the first run in the 1st after being hit on the first pitch of the game. He stole second baseb on the ensuing pitch, and moments later scored the run after Jared Solomon (Xavier) threw a wild pitch.
Although Solomon gave up another run in the 4th the same way, it was still a solid performance. Solomon pitched 4 innings and only gave up those two runs, while striking out 7. The Rox bullpen went on to pitch 6 scoreless innings with the help from Bailey Hansen (Pacific), John Matthews (Kent State) and Brent Killam (Georgetown). A day after getting a save, Killam got the last out of the 10th and earned the win for St. Cloud.
Cameron Eden (California) made his first appearance and had the only RBI from either team today. The freshman had a single that tied the game in the 3rd inning.
Ringhofer added two singles in five plate appearances, and the very least put the ball in play to give the Rox a chance. He was the only STC player to have multiple hits, and earns the St. Cloud Times Player of the Game.
Link to today's Box Score: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=381928
The Rox improve to 4-2 on the season, and face Thunder Bay on Monday and Tuesday before a five gaem homestand. When they come back to Faber Field they host the Loggers, Bucks and Stingers. You can look for tickets online at www.stcloudrox.com, by calling (320) 240-9798 or by visiting the Rox ticket office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex. The Rox box office closes three hours prior to games and opens 90 minutes before at our Joe Faber Field location.
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, more than 170 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.