St. Cloud, MN – With the tying run on second in the ninth, St. Cloud (32-11) came up short and fell in a 5-4 loss to Bismarck (22-20).
The Rox were able to manufacture runs throughout the day, despite only having six hits on the day. Andrew Pinckney (Alabama) had a hit, but also reached base three more times via the walk. Pinckney used his elite speed to move around the bases early and score the first two runs for St. Cloud.
Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) also had a great day at the plate, walking in each of his first two at-bats, but then coming up with the Rox’ biggest hit of the day. Ricketts launched a double to center field that brought in a run and gave the Rox a lead in the fifth.
It was a solid night on the mound for Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State), who went five and two-thirds innings, allowing just two runs on the mound. Koenig’s ERA for the season sits at 2.80 on the season and he leads the team in innings pitched.
For a full box score from Wednesday’s first game, click here.
St. Cloud maintained the two-and-a-half game advantage at the top of the Northwoods League, despite the loss as Mankato fell to the Express in Eau Claire. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
The Rox have not lost three straight games all season. They’ll try and keep that streak going on Friday night from Joe Faber Field in the series finale against the Larks. First pitch from the Rock Pile is scheduled for 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.