The St. Cloud Rox defeated the Waterloo Bucks 6-3 Tuesday night at Joe Faber Field in St. Cloud to stamp their ticket to the Northwoods League Championship game Friday. St. Cloud scored 1 run in the 1st inning, 2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 4th and an insurance run in the 7th inning.
The Rox completed a 2-game sweep of the Mankato Moon Dogs with a 9-2 win in Game 2 in St. Cloud Monday night. The Rox led 3-2 going into the 7th inning when they broke the game wide open with a 6-run 7th. Caleb Ricketts had a 1 hit, 2 RBIs and a run scored, Otto Kemp went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a RBI, Brice Mathews had 2 RBIs and Jordan Barth had 2 hits and a run scored.
The St. Cloud Rox opened the playoffs with a 10-0 win at Mankato against the Moon Dogs in Game 1 of their best of 3 first round series. St. Cloud scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning, 5 in the 5th and 3 more runs in the 7th inning.
The St. Cloud Rox lost 5-4 at Bismarck Thursday night. St. Cloud fell behind 3-0 and then 5-2 and couldn't quite catch up. Jordan Barth had 2 hits and 2 RBIs and Peter Abinanti added 2 hits and a run scored. Zach Gagnon threw 5 innings with 5 earned runs allowed to take the loss.
The St. Cloud Rox won 10-8 at Bismarck against the Larks Wednesday night. St. Cloud scored 2 runs in the 9th inning to break the 8-all tie. Rocori graduate Jack Stiel had 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Andrew Pinckley added 3 hits and 2 runs scored and Brice Mathews went 3-3 with 2 runs scored.
The St. Cloud Rox blew out Rochester 15-0 Monday night for their 47th win this season. The Rox are just 1 win away from clinching the best record in the Northwoods League and home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
The St. Cloud Rox lost 8-7 at Duluth against the Huskies Sunday. St. Cloud fell behind 4-1, came back to tie the game at 4 before slipping behind 7-4 in the 4th inning. St. Cloud managed 2 runs in the 7th inning and 1 in the 8th inning to tie the game at 7.