St. Cloud, MN — Thursday night got off to a rocky start, but you know the saying, "It's not how you start it's how you finish."
The Rox scored 7 unanswered runs, and rallied to beat the MoonDogs 7-5. With the win, the two teams are tied for the best overall record in the Northwoods League North Division at 37-26.
It started in the 1st, where the Rox chipped away at a 5 run deficit, scoring 2 runs in the 1st frame. Keaton Kringlen (BYU) had an RBI single in the inning, and Mason Mamarella (Kent State) walked with the bases loaded. The 2nd inning was almost a carbon copy of the 1st, where the same two players made the same two plays. Another run scored and quickly the Rox had tied it up 5-5 before the end of the 2nd.
St. Cloud took the lead for good in the 4th thanks to Michael Busch (North Carolina). His 4th home run of the year made it 6-5, and an RBI single later capped the scoring and padded his stats. Busch went 4-5 tonight and is now the 4th player this season to tally 4 hits in a single game.
The offense sparked the comeback, but it was the bullpen that carried this team to another win. Joe Calamita (Bethune-Cookman) earned the win after his best relief appearance of the season. He went 3.2 innings and only allowed 1 hit. Jackson Rose (Minnesota) went 1.1 innings and didn't allow a baserunner. Then it was Brent Killam in the 9th who picked up his 7th save, and lowered his ERA even more to a staggering 0.42.
The Rox completed the comeback with 9 regular season games left. They head to Mankato tomorrow, and will be back home on Saturday to start a two game series with the Bucks. Saturday will be Battle of the Badges Night presented by Country Financial. There will be a pregame softball game between police officers and firefighters starting at 4:05 before our 1st pitch at 6:05.
Tonight's Box Score.
Northwoods League Standings.
Thursday's St. Cloud Times Player of the Night is Michael Busch. He had 4 hits, and his solo home run turned out to be the game-winning hit in the 4th inning.
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.