Rox Complete Three-Game Road Stand with Win Over Willmar
Willmar, MN – Gus Steiger (South Dakota State) finished a double short of hitting for the cycle as St. Cloud (15-11) knocked off Willmar (17-10) by a final score of 8-6. The Rox have now won three consecutive games and six of their last seven.
After falling behind 2-0, the Rox rallied for four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Steiger drilled a two-run shot over the left field wall to cut the deficit in half. Zack Elliott (Minnesota) would later hit a double that scored Brett Bonar (Nebraska-Omaha) from second base. Brady Harlan (Oklahoma) would cap off the inning with an RBI-single hit to right field.
Down 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning, St. Cloud would find another way to tie the game. Following a Freddy Achecar (Georgetown) single and a Ben Carew (Kent State) walk, Harlan laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt. That set up Jordan Barth (Augustana), who blasted a two-run double to right field and tied the game 6-6.
Bonar would reclaim the lead for the Rox in the top of the seventh inning as he crushed an RBI-double to left field and scored Steiger from first base.
St. Cloud would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning. After Steiger blasted a leadoff triple, he was scored off the bat of Achecar to go ahead 8-6.
Cam Kline (Minnesota State-Mankato) started the game on the mound and picked up the no-decision after tossing 3.2 innings. He was followed by Trae Robertson (Missouri), who earned the win after hurling 3.1 innings and not allowing an earned run. Pedro Garcia (Georgia Gwinnett College) earned the two-inning save.
For the full box score from Saturday’s game, click here.
St. Cloud will be back at home on Sunday against the Willmar Stingers with a 4:05 p.m. first pitch time in the series finale. It’s Books and Baseball Day presented by the Initiative Foundation and United Way. The first 200 families with a child five and under receive a book and will have the opportunity to read with the players on the field starting at 3:05 p.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. It’s also a Coborn’s Kids Day as children will have the chance to run the bases after the game and get autographs on the field from players and coaches.
All single games tickets 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.