St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud (53-19) finished its record-breaking season on Friday night with a 9-3 loss to Traverse City (46-30) in the Northwoods League Championship.
Jack Steil (Nebraska) got the scoring started with an RBI double in the second inning and put the Rox on top. Steil brought in runs in back-to-back games in the Great Plains Championship and the Northwoods League Championship.
Josh Gainer continued his streak of scoreless innings in Friday night’s game. Gainer has thrown 27 innings this season without allowing an earned run. With an ERA of 0.00, Gainer set the Rox’ record for ERA in a single season.
For a full box score from Friday’s game, click here.
In manager David Bellamy’s first season, the Rox finished their summer with a franchise record of 53 wins and reached the Northwoods League Championship for the third time in the last six seasons. St. Cloud finished the regular season with the second-best record in Northwoods League history.
St. Cloud won both halves in the Great Plains West and finished the season as the best team in the Northwoods League, locking up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Rox played well in front of the home crowd all season long, winning 31 of 39 games played at Joe Faber Field.
The Rox will return in the summer of 2022 and try to chase after their second Northwoods League Championship in franchise history.
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.