Willmar, MN — The Rox couldn't close out their 11th win of the season Monday, but still had several solid performances on the field. In a game where the Rox gave up two runs in the bottom of the 9th to fall 5-4, one could easily shake their head.
Although St. Cloud drops their second game in three days, they remain tied for 1st in the North Division. The Rox offense provided a spark early. In the top of the 1st inning, Drew Avans (Southeast Louisiana) and Shane Selman (McNeese State) singled to get on 1st and 2nd, respectively. Cameron Eden (California) then singled to Rightfield to bring in Avans and Selman.
The Stingers scored a run in the bottom half and trailed 2-1 going into the 3rd inning. Michael Busch (North Carolina) and Eden singled to put them aboard. Luke Ringhofer (South Dakota State) knocked a single to bring home Busch, and then after an error Eden scored to make it 4-1 in favor of the Rox.
The Rox hitters struggled after that point,managing just 4 hits for the rest of the game. Willmar scored two runs in the 5th and 9th to walk-off with their 8th win of the season.
St. Cloud had 4 errors in the loss. That was as many as they had in Saturday's loss to Waterloo as well. Despite the tough bounces and missed opportunities, STC played well. Jared Solomon (Xavier) pitched 4 innings where he gave up 3 hits and 1 run. Later Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) pitched nearly 3 innings of relief, and struck out 3 Stingers and walked one.
The Rox hit the field again tomorrow for a double-header. They go up against the MoonDogs for the first time this year in Mankato. Game 1 is set for a 1:05 PM start, and the latter half at 7:05 PM.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Tonight's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Cameron Eden. He went 2-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored.
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