Rox Walk Off Mud Puppies for Second Straight Night, Finish Home Slate 28-8 at the Rock Pile

St. Cloud, MN – St. Cloud (49-17) battled back from four runs down late in the game to walk off the Minnesota Mud Puppies (6-28) for the second straight night, 7-6.

With the win, the Rox have guaranteed that they will have home-field advantage in their first-round playoff series against Willmar. Game one will be in Willmar on Sunday, while the Rox will host game two on Monday and game three, if necessary, on Tuesday night.

The Rox entered the ninth inning down by one and needed a rally to avoid their six-game winning streak from being snapped. Charlie Condon (Georgia) drove in the tying run on a single to center field after John Nett (St. Cloud State) and Ike Mezzenga (Minnesota) walked.

One more walk loaded up the bases for Will Worthington (San Diego) with just one out in the ninth. Worthington fell into a two-strike count before singling to right to score Mezzenga and walk-off the game for the second straight night.

After hitting a walk-off home run yesterday, Mezzenga came through for the Rox in the seventh again tonight. With the Rox down by four, Mezzenga doubled with the bases loaded and knocked in three runs to put St. Cloud right back in the game.

Carter Petron (Southwest Minnesota State) made his first start of the season on Thursday and kept the Mud Puppies at bay early. Petron pitched four innings and only gave up one run, while striking out three.

Late in the game, the Rox relied on the bullpen to keep it tight. Janzen Keisel (Oklahoma State) pitched a perfect seventh and struck out two. Later on, Chase Grillo (Washington State) gave the Rox a chance in the ninth with another scoreless inning.

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

The Rox finish the regular season with two more games in Bismarck against the Larks. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Then, the Rox will start the playoffs Sunday in Willmar, before returning home for game two in St. Cloud on Monday. First pitch in both of St. Cloud’s first two playoff games 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. Now in its’ 29th 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, 300 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. 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.

 

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