St. Cloud, MN — Looking for a spark before the All-Star break, the Rox (29-19) received another game-winning play in the bottom of the 9th. They had the bases loaded with two outs and Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) at the plate. Once again, he propelled the Rox to a win after he hit a ball sharply to Shortstop, which was then bobbled by a Stingers infielder. Avans beat out the throw to 1st, and Spencer Holcomb (Western Carolina) scored the game-winning run for a 2-1 win.
Holcomb set up that run after his 4th double of the season. Coming in midway through the game, Holcomb only needed one at-bat to make an impact. The Rox made just enough plays to come out on top, and head into the three day hiatus with a good feeling.
St. Cloud opened the scoring in the 2nd inning. Back-to-back doubles from Shane Selman (McNeese State) and Keaton Kringlen (BYU) gave it the early lead with Kringlen's 15th RBI this season.
Robbie Palkert (Nebraska) had another phenomenal start on the mound. The sophomore tied a season high of 8 strikeouts, and gave up just 2 hits in 5 complete innings. He has now pitched 13 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the 1st half regular season finale where he allowed one run in the 1st inning in Duluth.
The Rox bullpen dominated again. Brent Killam (2-0) earned the win after pitching in the 9th where he retired all three batters that came up. Killam has been unhittable going into the break. The All-Star still hasn't given up a run since Opening Day. The freshman's ERA dropped to 0.55 following his 2nd win.
Ivan Coutinho (Bethune-Cookman) preceded Killam's inning with a solid 8th. He took down Willmar in order in that inning to keep the game tied.
The Rox just had one player with multiple hits, but it didn't matter today. Kringlen led the way with his 2nd three hit game this week.
We now head to the All-Star break, where St. Cloud won't take the field again until Thursday night. The Rox are at home for the 2nd time this year against the Huskies. 1st pitch is at 7:05 PM, where it will be Summertime St. Patty’s Night presented by Jimmy’s Pour House. It’ll be all green uniforms, bases and beer! For tickets you can call our ticket office at (320)240-9798 or visit stcloudrox.com.
Today's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Today's St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is Keaton Kringlen. He had the only RBI for the Rox today and had another three hit game.
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, 180 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.