St. Cloud, MN — After an egregious amount of offense yesterday, the Rox didn't have the same numbers in the first game of a double-header Tuesday. The MoonDogs scored late and won it 2-1 in a game between the teams with the two best records in the Northwoods League North Division.
It was a quick turnaround for St. Cloud who arrived back from yesterday's win in Willmar less than 12 hours before 1st pitch. It still started off the game well scoring a run in the 1st inning. Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) led off the inning with a walk, and then stole 2nd. He scored later on Michael Busch's (North Carolina) RBI groundout.
The Rox totaled just 5 hits in 9 innings, but stayed in the game thanks to another brilliant performance on the mound. Nick Morreale (Georgetown) made his 1st start after arriving in St. Cloud less than two days ago. The freshman went 6 innings only allowing one run and four hits. He also had five strikeouts, and had a stretch of 11 consecutive retired batters from the 2nd to the 6th inning.
The Rox look to rebound in just a few hours with Kyle Boser (St. Cloud State) on the mound. He battles the MoonDogs in his 3rd start of the season, and trying to keep his club one game away from the best overall record in the North Division. 1st pitch is 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.
Today's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Wednesday afternoon's St. Cloud Times Player of the Game is Nick Morreale. He tossed 6 innings of 1 run baseball in a no decision in his 1st start with the Rox.
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.