Pinch-Hit Pushes Rox Past Border Cats
Brainerd, MN — The game was tied since the 6th inning. Both St. Cloud and Thunder Bay threatened to score at times, but failed to cross home. The Rox went into extras for the second time in three days, and once again found a way to win. Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada) entered the game in the top of the 12th with Matt Tarantino (Pacific) on second base. After facing a 2-2 count and fouling one off to stay alive, on the sixth pitch he lined one up the middle to give STC the go-ahead run.
Jackson Rose (Minnesota) finished the bottom half to earn the win and the Rox won their fourth straight game and improved to 6-2. They trailed 3-0 going into the 6th inning, and that is when the offense ignited. After managing just two hits through five innings, St. Cloud scored three runs on fours hits capped off by a Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) double down the 3rd base line to tie the game in the 6th. The next run that scored was six innings later thanks to the pinch-hitter Krzmarzick.
Luke Manzo (College of Charleston) and Mason Mamarella (Kent State) also added RBI's in that inning to tie the game after St. Cloud trailed until Ringhofer's tying hit. Starting pitcher Ryan Shreve (Pacific) went five innings allowing six hits and three runs. Jake Stevenson (Minnesota), Brent Killam (Georgetown) and Jackson Rose combined to pitch the next seven innings. The three kept the Thunder Bay bats silent giving up just two hits and striking up 10.
The Rox remain atop the North Division tied with the Bucks at 6-2. STC now looks ahead to a series with the La Crosse Loggers on Wednesday and Thursday for the first two games of a five game homestand. Tomorrow's promotion is a Rox umbrella giveaway presented by Wells Fargo to the 1st 300 fans in attendance. Thursday, Baseball's Rock Stars "Bucket Ruckus" will be rockin' all night presented by Brandl Motors. You can call the Rox office at (320)240-9798 or purchase online 24 hours a day at stcloudrox.com.
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Tonight's St. Cloud TImes Player of the Night is Cole Krzmarzick, who went 1-1 with the game-winning RBI single.
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.