Dollander’s Phenomenal Performance Leads Rox to Victory

St. Cloud, MN – Carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning, Hunter Dollander (Georgia-Gwinnett) led St. Cloud (12-6) to a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Mud Puppies (3-9)

The Rox’ fourth straight win keeps them at the top of the Great Plains West. St. Cloud has now won 10 of its last 12 games to propel themselves to first place in the division.

Dollander went six innings in his first start of the season for the Rox. Retiring the first 15 batters in a row, Dollander was almost untouchable. He struck out five batters and earned his first win of the summer.

Offensively, the bats took a few innings to wake up for the second consecutive night, but the Rox finally broke through in the fourth. Jack Winkler (San Francisco) drove in Justin Kirby (Kent State) to open the scoring and take a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, the Rox would strike again as Kirby drove in Nate Swarts (Washington State) on an RBI single of his own.

The Rox put the game away in the seventh after Chris Esposito (Nebraska-Omaha) came into score on a wild pitch. Then, Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) brought in St. Cloud’s final run of the game on a double to left-center field.

Zach Gagnon (Tarleton State) finished off the game out of the bullpen with two solid innings. Gagnon gave up one hit and one walk and closed out the Rox’ sweep of the Mud Puppies.

For a full box score from tonight’s game, click here.

Next, the Rox will look to keep their hot streak going against the La Crosse Loggers. The first of two games at Joe Faber Field between St. Cloud and La Crosse will begin at 7:05 pm on Monday night.

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.

 

 

 

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