Killam Slams Door on Honkers Rally
St. Cloud, MN — Sometimes freshman can be seen as naive, unprepared or whatever adjective you want to describe them. Well whatever Brent Killam (Georgetown) has been doing it’s certainly nothing like a typical “freshman.” With the tying run on 2nd and go-ahead run on 1st, in the 8th inning the freshman from Florida entered out of the bullpen. With 1 out, he struck out the only two batters he needed to face in the inning. One of those being Zach Zubia, the Northwoods League leader in home runs and runs batted in.
The Rox (26-12) added to their 5-4 lead with 2 runs in the bottom half to give Killam some breathing room. It didn't matter. Killam didn't give up a walk or hit in the 9th, and struck out two more. The lefty earned his 6th save this season on a 5-out save that was nothing short of a masterpiece. He kept the lead in tact and powered his team to a 7-4 win over the Honkers.
Before all of that though, St. Cloud had other players step up, and give it the lead. Michael Busch (North Carolina) tripled to Centerfield to score the first run for the home team tonight. Keaton Kringlen (BYU) scored from 1st base, and the next batter Daniel Schneemann (BYU) drove in Busch with his second single of the night. The Rox tied it on what was a phenomenal night for Schneemann. He ended 4-5 with 4 singles and was inches away from tying a Rox record of 5 hits in a single game. Nonetheless, the Shortstop tied it up, and Cameron Blaquiere (Western Carolina) drove him in with an RBI double.
In that 4th inning, the first 5 Rox batters recorded hits and took the lead and thanks to Killam's performance held on for their 26th win. 8 of the 9 Rox starters had at least one hit, while Busch, Schneemann and Cameron Eden (Cal) all had at least 2.
Kringlen extended his hitting streak to 9 games, and although overshadowed by his BYU teammate still reached base safely 4 times and scored twice.
The Rox now hit the road for another long four game stretch. We head to Waterloo for the next two games before traveling the 650 miles to Bismarck Sunday and Monday. We return home Tuesday night in a game against the MoonDogs. There will be a Rox drawstring bag giveaway to the 1st 300 kids 14 and under presented by Central Minnesota Credit Union. It will also be our 1st taco Tuesday! Each fan at the game will receive a certificate for a free taco at taco johns. To check out other promotions coming up, you can check our schedule on our website stcloudrox.com for more information.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Thursday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night as voted on by the fans is Daniel Schneemann! He was one hit away from tying Chris Paul's Rox record of 5 hits that dates back to 2013. He went 4-5 with 4 singles, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
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.