St. Cloud, MN – Everything was working for St. Cloud (7-4) again on Saturday evening as they started off the series with Eau Claire (4-9) with an 8-2 victory.
The Rox bats were rolling for the third straight game as St. Cloud has now scored 31 runs in its last three games. In the previous eight, the Rox had only scored 26 as the offense continued to develop. St. Cloud now has the longest active winning streak in the Northwoods League at five victories.
Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) continued to have success at the plate, recording three hits in five trips and drove in two runs to lead the Rox. Kemp is now batting .455 on the season which leads all St. Cloud players.
Two newcomers made their debuts for St. Cloud tonight and immediately contributed to the Rox’ winning streak. Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) and Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) were inserted into the order for the first time and both went 2-for-4, scoring two runs.
The big inning for St. Cloud came in the fourth as the Rox turned loose for five runs and extended their lead to 7-0. Pinckney had the highlight of the inning as he used his elite speed to score on a wild pitch all the way from second base.
For the second consecutive night, the Rox pitching stonewalled opposing hitters. St. Cloud had a streak of 17 straight shutout innings that was broken up in the eighth when Eau Claire added two runs.
Trent Schoeberl (Minnesota) started the game and went five innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out four.
After Schoeberl left the game, Riley Cornelio (TCU) made his first appearance with the Rox and shined in front of the home crowd. Cornelio struck out the first four batters he faced and completed two perfect innings while reaching 97 miles per hour with his fastball.
In the ninth, Kevin Davis (USC Upstate) made his third appearance of the season and put together another shutout frame to close it out.
For a full box score from tonight’s game, click here.
The Rox will finish off the two-game series with Eau Claire on Sunday afternoon from St. Cloud with first pitch coming at 4:05 pm. Then, St. Cloud will close out its seven-game homestand with a two-game set against the Waterloo Bucks on Monday and Tuesday.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods 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 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.