St. Cloud, MN – In front of the home crowd on Friday, St. Cloud (50-17) shut out the Minnesota Mud Puppies (9-26) for their 50th win of the season, the highest total in franchise history.
The Rox will play for the best record in Northwoods League history on Saturday in their regular-season finale. With a win, St. Cloud would finish the season with a 51-17, surpassing the previous mark of 50-17 set by the Rochester Honkers. For the full Northwoods League standings, click here.
Friday was the Rox’ eleventh shutout of the season, the most in the Northwoods League. The pitching staff combined to allow just two hits and strike out 16 Mud Puppies batters to earn the win.
Nick Penick (St. John’s University) got his first start of the season on the mound and shined. Penick tossed five shutout innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out nine batters for his first win of the season.
In his second outing since returning to the roster, Nathan Culley (Minnesota State-Mankato) tossed two shutout innings in relief. Culley struck out three batters and didn’t allow a hit in his two frames of work.
Offensively, the Rox scored seven of their eight runs in the first two innings of the game. Caleb Ricketts (San Diego) brought in a run in the first and second inning with his two hits on Friday night.
Justin Kirby (Kent State) also hit his first home run of the season in the second inning to put the Rox up 4-0. Kirby had two hits on the day including a double out to the left-center gap in the middle innings.
For a full box score from Friday’s game, click here.
St. Cloud wraps up its regular season against the Mud Puppies on Saturday evening. First pitch from Joe Faber Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Then, the Rox set their sights on the playoffs, with the opener against Mankato set for 5:05 pm on Sunday afternoon from ISG Field. The home-opener in the postseason will be played on Monday at the Rock Pile with first pitch at 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.