Bismarck, ND – St. Cloud (22-6) won its fourth straight half championship after a 7-0 shutout against Bismarck (10-19) and the Rox have clinched a playoff spot.
The Rox won the second half of the season in 2019, then after the pod season in 2020, won both halves in 2021 to continue their dominant stretch. St. Cloud has the best record in the Northwoods League in the regular season since 2019 at 143-65.
Joe Battaglia (Southern University) led the way on the bump as the Rox earned their fourth shutout of the season. Battaglia threw six scoreless frames and got out of two jams late to get St. Cloud to the late innings.
The game was scoreless until the fifth when the Rox broke it open with three runs. Brice Matthews (Nebraska) started the rally with a double in the fifth, one of his three hits on the evening.
St. Cloud added a few runs of insurance in the sixth and the eighth. Trevor Austin (Mercer) drove in a run in each inning, finishing the game with three runs driven in to bring his season total to 23.
In the ninth, the Rox finished it off with the debut from Tyler Cornett (West Texas A&M). Cornett came in and got three quick outs, including back-to-back strikeouts to finish off the game and lock up a postseason berth for St. Cloud.
For a full box score from Wednesday’s game, click here.
The Rox finish their two-game series with the Larks on Thursday night, looking for another sweep and a fifth straight win. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm.
St. Cloud returns home on Friday for Military Appreciation Night and a game against Eau Claire. First pitch from Joe Faber Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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.