St. Cloud, MN – In game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, St. Cloud (15-6) scored four unanswered runs to earn a 5-3 win over Willmar (11-12).
The third edition of the Highway 23 rivalry lived up to the hype as the game was tied heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. Cody Kelly (Minnesota) broke the deadlock with a towering double off of the left-center field wall, bringing in two runs and giving the Rox their first lead of the game.
St. Cloud battled back from an early deficit for the second straight game, after trailing 3-1 in the sixth inning. Bobby Goodloe (TCU) and Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) came up with two-out hits in the sixth and seventh, respectively, to tie the game at three.
On the mound, Collin Romel (Kent State) started off the day with five innings, striking out six and only allowing one earned run. Romel worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the game within reach for the Rox.
Max Rippl (Kent State) worked three scoreless innings after his Golden Flashes teammate left the game in the sixth. Rippl only allowed one hit in three innings, retiring the other nine batters he faced.
Finally, Noah Myhre (Minot State) finished off the game with his second save of the year. Allowing just one hit, Myhre hung a zero in the ninth to finish off the Rox seventh consecutive victory.
For a full box score from tonight’s game, click here.
The Rox now sit a full game up on the Bismarck Larks in the Great Plains West entering tonight’s action. St. Cloud currently stands with the best record in the Northwoods League after winning 13 of its last 15.
The doubleheader between the Rox and Stingers will conclude on Wednesday night from Joe Faber Field with first pitch coming 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.