St. Cloud, MN – Donning special pink jerseys on Sunday, St. Cloud (8-4) continued to roll with a 9-0 win over Eau Claire (4-10) to extend the winning streak to six.
The Rox hold onto their spot atop the Great Plains West with the win. St. Cloud took hold of the top spot after Mankato beat Willmar on Saturday night. The six-game winning streak is the longest in the Northwoods League so far this summer.
It was a spectacular performance for Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State) as he made his second start of the season. Koenig went seven shutout innings and tied his career-high with ten strikeouts. At one point during the game, Koenig retired 13 consecutive Express batters.
This shutout marks the second in three days for the Rox, who have only allowed two runs in their last three games. Josh Gainer (Long Island-Brooklyn) and Nate Peterson (Oklahoma State) each worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen to close out the game.
Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) followed up last night’s three-hit game with another on Sunday, including his first home run of the season. Kemp is now batting .481 this summer, leading the entire Northwoods League.
Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) and Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) haven’t wasted any time getting involved at the plate. They are both 4-for-8 early on after making their debuts against the Express on Saturday.
The Rox also got a big contribution from third-year returner Jordan Barth (Augustana). Barth went 2-for-5 and added two RBI’s on the day to help the Rox offense to a season-high 14 hits.
For a full box score from Sunday’s game, click here.
St. Cloud is undefeated on its week-long homestand thus far, which concludes after two games against the Waterloo Bucks on Monday and Tuesday. First pitch on Monday night will be at 7:05 pm from Joe Faber Field.
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.