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Kringlen’s Big Day Keeps Rox Tied for 1st

Duluth, MN — With only two games left before a 1st half champion is crowned, the Rox (23-11) needed a spark early. Trailing 2-0 in the 3rd inning, Keaton Kringlen (BYU) delivered a single to tie the game. Just like that. After his incredible catch to end yesterday's win over Duluth he came up clutch again Sunday to keep the Rox tied for 1st in the North Division. 

St. Cloud downed Duluth 6-3, much in part of the play of Kringlen who wasn't done after his 2 RBI's in the 3rd inning. In the 6th with the Rox already up by 2, the Utah native roped a double down the Rightfield line to score two more Rox. It was insurance they actually didn't end up needing. 

The Rox took the lead the inning before Kringlen's 4th RBI, when John Matthews (Kent State) knocked a triple that also drove in 2 runs that pushed STC ahead for good.

Part of that is because of great pitching again from the staff. Ryan Shreve (3-1) (Pacific) went 5 innings, and after he gave up 2 runs in the 1st, he bounced back with 4 straight scoreless frames. Jake Stevenson (Minnesota) went in the 6th and tossed 3 innings where he only allowed 3 baserunners. Ivan Coutinho (Bethune-Cookman) closed out the 9th and the Rox won their 5th game in a row. 

There are just 2 more games in the first half of the season, where St. Cloud and Waterloo remain tied with a playoff berth on the line in the next 48 hours. The Rox are on the road until Wednesday after two more games in Duluth, then play one in Rochester. We return home on Thursday in a home game versus the Honkers. There will be a Rox replica jersey giveaway presented by Coborn's, Times Media and 104.7 KCLD to the 1st 400 kids 14 and under in attendance.

Today's Box Score.

Northwoods League Standings.

Sunday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is Keaton Kringlen, who tallied 4 RBI's to lead the offense.

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.