Rox Score 8 Straight in Win to Reclaim 1st
Willmar, MN — It wasn't the best start, but the Rox had plenty of time. Trailing 5-1 going into the 5th, things turned around 180 degrees. After the first two batters reached safely, Mason Mamarella (Kent State) singled to drive in a run and cut the Rox deficit to three. Later in the inning Matt Tarantino (Pacific) came up clutch. Again. He belted his 3rd home run of the year, and tied the game with one swing.
The run continued the next inning. St. Cloud had runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs and had Mamarella back at the plate. On a 1-2 count he drilled a ball to Left-centerfield and put the Rox on top for good. Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) and Cameron Eden (Cal) followed the two-out rally with back-to-back RBI singles to stretch the lead to 9-5.
The Rox relievers took it from there and finished off the Stingers for their 4th straight win. John Matthews (Kent State), Ivan Coutinho (Bethune-Cookman) and Avans combined for four hitless innings with four strikeouts. It proved again how good this staff can be on any given night, and well as they say the proof is in the pudding.
Avans had a nice night where he played Centerfield until the 9th inning, and closed out the game with a strikeout. In the batter's box, he also went 2-5 with that RBI in the 6th and 2 runs scored. Michael Busch (North Carolina) also had a multi-hit game along with Mamarella and Tarantino. Shane Selman (McNeese State) contributed to the scoring with the first run of the game on an RBI single to score Avans in the 1st inning.
The Rox head over the border for the next two days for a series with the Border Cats. First pitch tomorrow is tomorrow at 7:35 PM and Saturday at 6:05. Then it's off to Rochester Sunday at 1:05 for the third and final game away from home this weekend.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Tonight's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Mason Mamarella. He was the catalyst in the 6th inning rally to push STC ahead with an RBI double and had an RBI single in the 5th. He finished with those 2 hits, 3 RBI's, 1 walk and another highlight-reel catch in Leftfield for the cherry on top.
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