St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud (37-14) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth, all with two outs, to take a comeback victory, 5-3, from Duluth (27-24).
The Rox trailed 3-1 entering the eighth inning and the first two batters were both retired, putting St. Cloud down to its final four outs of the night. Garrett Pennington (Wichita State) started the rally with his first hit with the Rox, followed by an O’Neill Burgos (Southern) double.
After Pennington scored on a balk, Trevor Austin (Mercer) stepped up to the plate and knocked a double into the right-center alley to score Burgos and tie the game at three.
Jack Steil (North Dakota State) walked to put runners at the corners for Ike Mezzenga (North Iowa Area CC) who doubled to the right-center alley and brought in two runs to give the Rox the lead for good. Mezzenga finished his Rox debut with three hits, including two doubles.
In the ninth, Chase Grillo (Washington State) retired the side in order, including two strikeouts. Grillo earned his 13th save of the season, which leads the entire Northwoods League.
Early in the game, Kaden Krowka (Tarleton State) was able to keep the Rox on top after a first-inning RBI double from Brice Matthews (Nebraska). Krowka went five innings, giving up no runs on two hits and striking out five.
For a full box score from Tuesday’s game, click here.
The Rox continue their six-game homestand on Wednesday with a doubleheader against Rochester. First pitch at the Rock Pile against the Honkers in game one is scheduled for 1:05 pm while the nightcap is scheduled for 7:05.
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.