St. Cloud, MN – Over two nights at Joe Faber Field, St. Cloud (31-9) outscored La Crosse (16-28) by 21 runs including a 10-4 victory on Tuesday to win its fifth consecutive game.
St. Cloud has won ten of its last eleven games and still holds the best record in the Northwoods League. With a 7-1 start to the second half of the season, the Rox also have the best record across the league since the first half ended. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
The Rox got the scoring started with a home run off the bat of Jordan Barth (Augustana). His first homer of the season was a two-run blast that gave the Rox the early lead after being no-hit through the first three innings.
Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) followed up in the fifth inning with a home run of his own, a three-run shot out to left-center field. The all-star now leads the team with 23 RBI’s and is tied for the team lead with three home runs this season.
In his first start on the mound, Dakota Hawkins (Washington State) was flawless through five innings. After retiring the first 15 batters he faced, Hawkins ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up four runs, but keeping the lead at 5-4.
St. Cloud pulled away with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to get the lead to six runs. Six consecutive Rox hitters came to the plate and recorded a hit, including an RBI single from Jack Steil (Nebraska), who made his debut on Tuesday evening.
Josh Gainer (Long Island-Brooklyn) continued his stellar season with two more scoreless innings. Gainer has yet to allow an earned run this season in 12 and two-thirds innings pitched while striking out 22 opposing batters.
For a full box score from Tuesday’s game, click here.
The Rox head on the road on Wednesday for a double-header with the Mankato MoonDogs at ISG Field. First pitch in game one is scheduled for 12:05 pm, while game two will start at 6:35 pm. St. Cloud returns to the Rock Pile for the first of two games with the Bismarck Larks on Thursday evening.
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.