Waterloo, IA – Brilliant pitching and timely hitting allowed St. Cloud (34-12) to pull off a 2-0 victory over Waterloo (28-19) on Sunday.
This is the Rox’ league-leading ninth shutout of the season. Andrew Morones (San Joaquin Delta) narrowly escaped in the ninth with the shutout and the victory after the Bucks loaded the bases. Brice Matthews (Nebraska) turned an unassisted double play on a line drive to end the game.
Storm Hierholzer (TCU) got his second start of the season and shined on the mound. Hierholzer threw five shutout frames and didn’t allow a hit. The only blemishes on his line were three hit-by-pitches and two walks.
The bats got rolling in the fifth inning as Cody Kelly (Minnesota) brought in a run with an RBI single to left. Nick Yovetich (San Francisco) came across to score after hitting his third double of the series.
Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) was also able to bring in a run in the sixth, with a sacrifice fly. That was Kemp’s 27th RBI of the season, which leads the team.
For a full box score from Sunday’s game, click here.
St. Cloud maintained its standing atop the Northwoods League with the win and kept pace with Mankato who is still two-and-a-half games back of the Rox. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
The Northwoods League all-star break begins on Monday and St. Cloud will send five players and its coaching staff to Mankato for the All-Star Game. The Rox return home to the Rock Pile after the break to start a four-game homestand on Thursday, July 22.
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