St. Cloud, MN – In what was a tight game all the way, St. Cloud (8-5) had its six-game winning streak snapped, 5-2, by Waterloo (11-4).
After falling behind early, the Rox tied the game in the fifth inning as Payton Pennington (Kent State) and Jack Winkler (San Francisco) both came across home plate. Jordan Barth (Augustana) drove in Winkler with a sacrifice fly for his eighth RBI of the season.
Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) added another hit on the night and maintained his lead in batting average in the Northwoods League. Kemp now has 12 hits in the last five games.
On the mound, Collin Romel (Kent State) went five innings in his second start of the season and kept the Rox in the game into the late innings. Romel struck out three while only allowing two runs.
Nathan Culley (Minnesota State-Mankato) came out of the bullpen and struck out six Bucks batters in two and a third innings pitched. Culley is now up to nine strikeouts on the season. Zach Gagnon (Tarleton State) also came out of the bullpen and tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
For a full box score from Monday’s game, click here.
With Mankato also losing on Monday evening, the Rox were able to maintain their spot at the top of the Great Plains West early in the season. St. Cloud will finish up its seven-game homestand against the Bucks on Tuesday night. First pitch is at 7:05 pm from Joe Faber Field as the Rox look for a series split with Waterloo.
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.