Duluth, MN – A six-run sixth inning propelled St. Cloud (46-15) to its seventh win over Duluth (25-36) this season, a 10-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.
The Rox are now just two wins away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. St. Cloud can also earn the best record in Northwoods League history with five wins in its final seven games. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
Tied heading into the sixth inning, the Rox tallied six runs on six hits to pull away. St. Cloud got three consecutive RBI hits, including a triple down the left-field line from Otto Kemp (Point Loma Nazarene). Then, Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) brought Kemp in with a single to center, his fifth hit in the last two games.
The inning was capped off by a three-run home run out to left field from Brice Matthews (Nebraska). Matthews’ second home run of the season made the score 10-4 and put the Rox in control for good.
The Rox bats were hot all day long as eight of nine batters in the lineup recorded a hit. Matthews had three hits on Saturday, but Justin Kirby (Kent State) led the way at the plate with four hits on the afternoon.
The bullpen shut it down after the big inning with Andrew Morones (San Joaquin Delta) and Nathan Culley (Minnesota State-Mankato) combining for four-and-a-third shutout innings on the mound. Culley returned to the Rox after helping St. Cloud to the first-half championship in the Great Plains West.
For a full box score from Saturday’s game, click here.
The Rox’ seven-game road trip comes to a close on Sunday against the Huskies, as St. Cloud looks to sweep the season series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm from Wade Stadium. St. Cloud returns home on Monday to face the Rochester Honkers in a two-game series.
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.