St. Cloud Knocks Off Rochester in Extra Innings, Returns Home Sunday
Rochester, MN – St. Cloud (5-7) got a two-run home run from Ben Carew (Kent State) in the top of the tenth inning that helped carry the Rox to a 9-8 win over Rochester (6-6) in extra innings.
The scoring began in the top of the fourth inning as Garrett Delano (Brown) scored on a wild pitch. Tyler Finke (Southeastern Louisiana) and Garret Nielsen (California) both had RBI hits to put the Rox ahead 3-0.
With the game later tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Delano drilled a two-run home run over the left field wall to put the Rox ahead 5-3. It was his first home run of the season.
In the top of the eighth inning, after Rochester tied the game 5-5, St. Cloud would once again break the tie with back-to-back RBI base hits from Jordan Barth (Augustana) and Delano to go ahead 7-5.
After Rochester tied the game 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Rox would reclaim the lead for good. This time it was Carew, who hit a two-run blast over the left field wall to go ahead 9-7. The Rox would end up winning the game by a final score of 9-8.
Trae Robertson (Missouri) gave a strong start for St. Cloud, throwing five innings and striking out six batters while allowing no runs. Gus Radel (Minnesota), Max Rippl (Kent State) and Kevin Davis (USC Upstate) all saw action out of the bullpen. Blake Stelzer (Concordia-St. Paul) earned the win after pitching the tenth inning.
St. Cloud will be back at home on Sunday with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch time against Willmar. It’s Pink in the Park Day presented by Center for Diagnostic Imaging. The Rox will be wearing special jerseys that will be auctioned off at the game with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. It’s also a Coborn’s Kids Day as children will have the opportunity to run the bases after the game and get autographs on the field.
All single games tickets – including to the home opener – can be purchased now in person at the Rox Ticket Office located at the Municipal Athletic Complex, by calling the Rox Ticket office at 320-240-9798 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or 24 hours a day by visiting www.stcloudrox.com.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). 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.