Bismarck, ND – St. Cloud (49-17) couldn’t mount another comeback against Bismarck (29-37) in Thursday night’s 5-4 loss to split the final road series of the 2021 summer.
History was made on Thursday as Rox infielder Jordan Barth (Augustana) became St. Cloud’s all-time hits leader with his 225th hit in three years with the Rox. Barth doubled into the right-field corner and brought in a run to give him the record. Barth is now the Rox’ career leader in hits and RBI’s during his three summers.
Peter Abinanti (San Diego) bat right in front of Barth and was able to add two hits for the second consecutive day. Abinanti drove in the Rox first run of the game in the fifth and came around to score in the seventh inning to get St. Cloud within one.
The bullpen shined for the second straight night in Bismarck as Trent Schoeberl (Minnesota) hung zeroes on the board in the sixth and seventh innings. Andrew Morones (San Joaquin Delta) followed with a scoreless eighth, in which he struck out two Bismarck batters.
For a full box score from Thursday’s game, click here.
The Rox have already locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and will start off their playoff schedule in Mankato on Sunday afternoon. St. Cloud will open its home playoff schedule on Monday night from Joe Faber Field For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
St. Cloud returns home for its final series of the regular season against the Minnesota Mud Puppies on Friday night. First pitch from Joe Faber Field 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.