St. Cloud, MN – A walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth sent St. Cloud (20-6) to its 12th consecutive victory, a 3-2 win over Willmar (12-16).
Jack Winkler (San Francisco) stepped up to the plate with a runner on second and one out in extra innings. The Rox’ shortstop jumped on a curveball and sent a single down the left-field line to bring in Justin Kirby (Kent State) and earn St. Cloud its sixth straight sweep.
The Rox have won 18 of their last 20 games and maintain their two-game lead over Mankato in the Great Plains West. St. Cloud has just six games to go in the first half of the season as it pushes for a playoff berth.
St. Cloud fell behind in the top of the eighth but was able to tie the game back up in the home half. Kirby scored on a walk to Justin Van De Brake (Washington State) with the bases loaded to even the contest and send the game to extra innings.
Kevin Davis (USC Upstate) kept the game tied in the ninth and tenth innings, retiring all six batters he faced. Davis earned his first win of the season and stranded a runner on third in extras to give the bats the chance to walk it off.
The Rox got on the board in the third inning thanks to a single off the bat of Bobby Goodloe (TCU). In his first six games with the Rox, Goodloe has ten hits and has driven in five runs early on this summer.
On the mound, Hunter Dollander (Georgia-Gwinnett) got the ball for his second start of the season and went five innings for St. Cloud. Dollander allowed just one run and helped the Rox to stay in the game early on.
For a full box score from Sunday’s game, click here.
St. Cloud will bring the winning streak on the road on Monday to face the Eau Claire Express for the first of two games. First pitch from Carson Park will be at 6:35 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.