St. Cloud Knocks off Mankato in Game Two of Doubleheader
St. Cloud, MN – RJ Martinez (Minot State) pitched five stellar innings, allowing just one hit as St. Cloud (8-8) won game two of the doubleheader against Mankato (9-7) by a final score of 1-0. The game was called due to weather in the sixth inning.
Martinez was electric through his first four innings as Mankato went three up, three down at the plate each time. In his five innings on the mound, he surrendered one hit while striking out four batters and walking none.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brady Harlan (Oklahoma) drilled a double down the left field line. In the next at-bat, Hance Smith (California-Berkeley) blasted a double to the gap in left field and scored Harlan for the lone run of the game.
Recording hits in the victory for St. Cloud was Harlan, Smith, Brett Bonar (Nebraska-Omaha), Parker Smejkal (Nebraska-Omaha), Zack Elliott (Minnesota) and Tyler Finke (Southeastern Louisiana).
The Rox now open a two-game road series with the Willmar Stingers. Both first pitch times are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Bill Taunton Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.
St. Cloud returns home on Sunday against the Duluth Huskies with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch time. It’s Father’s Day at the ballpark. It’s also a Coborn’s Kids Day, where children will have the opportunity to run the bases and get autographs on the field after the game.
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.