St. Cloud, MN – After last night’s nail-biting victory, St. Cloud (41-13) left no doubt with a 10-1 win to wrap up the sweep of Eau Claire (22-32).
With two weeks remaining in the Northwoods League season, St. Cloud maintained its four-and-a-half game advantage over Mankato for the best record across the lead. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
Jordan Barth (Augustana) and Jack Steil (Nebraska) continued to make local Rocori High School proud with six RBI’s between them. The duo helped the Rox pull away in the fourth inning with Barth’s two-RBI double and Steil’s third home run of the week that made it 7-1.
Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene) had a big day as well to help the Rox get on top early. Kemp had two hits, including a triple off the right-field wall that started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning.
After Trevor Koenig (St. Cloud State) threw three solid innings to start the game, Zach Gagnon (Tarleton State) took over on the mound in long relief. Gagnon worked out of several jams and tallied four scoreless frames on the mound that allowed the Rox to stretch out their lead.
Late in the game, Nick Penick (St. John’s University) tossed a scoreless eighth inning in his second appearance of the season. Then, Nate Peterson (Illinois-Chicago) finished off the game in the ninth.
For a full box score from Friday’s game, click here.
The Rox finish off the three-game homestand with the series opener against Rochester on Saturday evening. St. Cloud will head out on the road for a week after Saturday’s 6:05 pm game against the Honkers.
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.