Rox Drop Series Opener to Willmar, Remain 5.5 Games Ahead of Stingers

St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud (18-4) saw its comeback attempt fall short in a 10-6 loss to Willmar (14-11) on Thursday night at the Rock Pile.

St. Cloud battled back into the game after falling behind by eight. Ethan Mann (New Mexico State) helped the Rox back into the game with two RBI’s late in the contest. Mann finished the night with three hits and a walk in his four plate appearances.

Other Rox’ bats came through throughout the game, including Josh Cowden (BYU) who knocked in two runs in the seventh with a single to right. Ryan Jackson (Nevada) also tallied two RBI’s, including a double that got St. Cloud on the board in the second.

On the mound, the Rox’ bullpen kept them in the game in the late innings. Aiden Adams (Tarleton State) recorded five outs in the middle innings, before Rafael Acosta (Georgia State) struck out four in the eighth and ninth.

For a full box score from Thursday’s game, click here.

The Rox complete the series with Willmar on Friday night on the road, looking for a split with the Stingers. First pitch from Bill Taunton Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 pm. St. Cloud returns to the Rock Pile for a 4:05 pm match-up with Mankato on Sunday.

For the full 2022 Rox schedule, click here. The 2022 season is presented by Fleet Farm. For more information regarding this release, season tickets and partial season ticket packages for the 2022 season including Kwik Trip 7-Game Packs, please contact the Rox office at 320-240-9798 or visit www.stcloudrox.com.

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’ 28th 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 theApple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rox as your favorite team.

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