St. Cloud, MN – On Tuesday night, St. Cloud (14-6) battled back from an early deficit to earn a 5-4 walk-off victory over La Crosse (11-11)
Chris Esposito (Nebraska-Omaha) came to the plate with one out and runners on second and third and came through with the walk-off base hit. Esposito sent a ground ball bouncing over the head of the third baseman and into left field to seal the victory.
The Rox have now won six consecutive games and 12 of their last 14 over the last two weeks. St. Cloud was able to keep themselves in first place at the top of the Great Plains West with the victory.
Early on, the Rox fell behind 4-1, but tied the game in the seventh with a three-run frame. Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) drove in a run with one of the four St. Cloud hits in the inning to even the game up late.
On the mound, Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State) went six innings as the starter and allowed just two earned runs and struck out four. Koenig was able to minimize damage early and hold La Crosse from breaking through for a big inning.
Andrew Morones (San Joaquin Delta) threw two solid innings in the eighth and the ninth to help the Rox send the game to extra innings. Morones worked out of a few jams to keep the game tied late.
Connor Barison (Washington State) had to record three outs with a runner on third in order to hold the Loggers scoreless in the top of the tenth inning. Barison induced two groundouts and a strikeout to give the Rox a chance to walk it off.
For a full box score from tonight’s game, click here.
St. Cloud finishes off its six-game homestand with a doubleheader against the Willmar Stingers on Wednesday. First pitch of game one will be at 1:05 pm while the nightcap will begin at 7:05 pm.
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.