Rozek Dominates Willmar in Battle Monday
St. Cloud, MN — Aaron Rozek (Minnesota State-Mankato) has been one of, if not the best pitcher in the Northwoods League this summer. In another stellar start, the Junior did everything he possibly could to give his team another win. In 7 scoreless innings, he just allowed 7 baserunners and recorded 11 strikeouts. The Rox held a lead late but could not hold on, and fell to the Stingers 4-3 in extra innings Monday night.
Rozek continued his dominance from last Monday, where he threw 7 more scoreless innings against the Border Cats, and also had 11 strikeouts. Tonight he lowered his ERA to 2.48 on the year, and continued to make hitters look silly. He deservingly earned the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night for the 4th time this year thanks to his efforts.
St. Cloud started strong early, and took the lead with their 3rd batter of the game. Matthew Tarantino (Pacific) doubled off the wall and scored Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) after his lead-off walk. It wouldn't score again until the 4th after a Cameron Eden's (Cal) RBI single. The Rox then took a bigger lead thanks to Keaton Kringlen's (BYU) RBI single in the 5th inning.
Kringlen and BYU teammate Daniel Schneemann combined for 5 of the 10 Rox hits tonight and put together another strong outing. They are also the only two players on the team still hitting above .300 at this point in the season.
The Rox look to bounce back in the regular season finale tomorrow night versus the Stingers. The game at Bill Taunton Stadium starts at 7:05 PM. The Rox will be back at home Wednesday for a double-header with the MoonDogs. Our 1st game starts at 12:05 PM where its a midweek matinee and take your co-worker to the ballpark for lunch day. The 2nd game begins at 7:05 PM, and there will be a Rox cooler bag giveaway presented by grain belt premium to the 1st 250 fans 21 and older in attendance.
Also, tickets for the first round of the playoffs at the Rockpile on Monday, August 14th at 7:05 P.M. will go on sale at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 1st. Tickets can be purchased 24 hours a day at www.stcloudrox.com or through our ticket office both over the phone (320-240-9798) or in person every day between 9:00 A.M-5:00 P.M.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Monday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Aaron Rozek, who tossed 7 scoreless innings to go with 11 strikeouts.
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.