Rox Rally Late Against Mankato, Fall in Series Finale
St. Cloud, MN – Brett Bonar (Nebraska-Omaha) drove in two-runs in the ninth inning, but St. Cloud (19-14) dropped the series finale to Mankato (15-19) by a score of 10-7.
The Rox struck first in the bottom of the first inning following a sac-fly RBI from Gus Steiger (South Dakota State) and took a 1-0 lead.
Down 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning, Jordan Barth (Augustana) doubled and scored Steiger to cut the deficit to one run.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, St. Cloud reclaimed the lead with three runs. Garrett Delano (Brown) singled and brought home Steiger. Hance Smith (California-Berkeley) would later follow with an RBI-single and scored Steiger. Jack Kelly (Northwestern) grounded out to second base but scored Delano in the process to put St. Cloud ahead 5-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Rox trailed 10-5 but got to work at the plate. With the bases loaded, Bonar blooped a two-run single into right field that scored two runs. The rally would end shortly after.
Ben Dotzler (Creighton) started the game and pitched five innings. Lucas Gather (California-Berkeley), Max Rippl (Kent State), Blake Stelzer (Concordia-St. Paul) and Kevin Davis (USC Upstate) all saw action out of the bullpen.
For the full box score from Sunday’s game, click here.
The Rox now open a two-game road series against the Duluth Huskies at Wade Stadium on Monday at 6:35 p.m.
St. Cloud will be back at home on Friday against Willmar with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch time. There will be a post-game fireworks show as the Rox continue to celebrate Independence Day.
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.