Northwoods League: Montez pushes St. Cloud past Willmar
Walk-off hit in the 12th inning puts Rox in the win column; Stingers skid now at four games
ST. CLOUD — When Willmar landed a strike on St. Cloud, the Rox found a way to strike back as Wednesday’s Northwoods League game went to extra innings.
In the bottom of the 12th inning, Collin Montez landed the biggest blow of the night with a two-run, walk-off double as the Rox locked up the 9-8 win at Joe Faber Field.
The loss is the Stingers’ fourth in a row and the second extra-inning loss in that stretch.
Willmar opened the 12th inning with three consecutive base hits, with Grant Schoen and Harrison Schnurbusch driving in a run apiece.
Tied at 4-all through 10 innings, the Stingers struck in the 11th courtesy of an RBI single by Cesar Lopez that scored Chase Stanke, along with a Jaxon Hallmark sacrifice fly.
With one out in the bottom half, the Rox’s Jack Kelly drove the ball to left-center for a two-run double that extended the contest further.
After St. Cloud took a first-inning lead, Willmar tied it in the second after an RBI double by Lopez. A pair of runs came home for the Stingers in the third with one-run singles by Tyler Wilber and Chase Stanke.
St. Cloud evened the game up in the fifth as Kelly hit an RBI single, followed by Ben Norman reaching home on a double-play ball.
The seventh saw both teams put up runs as the Stingers got a sacrifice fly from Kyle Manzardo that scored Ryan Johnson while Kelly came through again with a single that brought in Tyler Finke. Kelly was the Rox’s top batter, going 4-for-6 with four RBIs.
Schnurbusch went 3-for-5 for the Stingers while Manzardo, Starke and Johnson each scored twice in the loss.
Joey Stock was credited with the win after an inning of work while Ricky Maddock III was charged with the loss.
Willmar will try to stop its skid at home Thursday against St. Cloud. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
St. Cloud 9,
Willmar 012 000 100 022-8 14 2
St. Cloud 100 020 100 023-9 16 0
Hitting - Willmar: Jaxon Hallmark 1-4 rbi bb sb, Kyle Manzardo 1-4 r-2 rbi bb, Tyler Wilber 1-5 r rbi bb, Chase Stanke 2-6 r-2 rbi, Brooks Lee 2-6 r rbi, Cesar Lopez 1-4 2b rbi, Grant Schoen 1-2 rbi, Harrison Schnurbusch 3-5, Ryan Johnson 2-5 r-2 … St. Cloud: Ben Norman 2-5 r-2 sh, Jack Kelly 4-6 2b rbi-4, Jordan Barth 3-6 3b rbi, Garett Delano 1-6 r, Logan Thomason 1-1 r, Andrew Pintar 2-5 2b-2 r rbi bb, Collin Montez 1-3 bb, Kodie Kolden 1-1 rbi-2, Luke Roskam 0-1 r, Tyler Finke 1-4 2b r-3
Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Willmar: Jack Zigan 5-9-3-3-1-3, Kyle Scott 2-1-1-0-0-1, Wyatt Thompson 2.2-2-0-0-1-2, Jayson Newman 1.1-1-2-1-0-1, Ricky Maddock III (L) 0.0-3-3-2-0-0 … St. Cloud: Noah Myhre 2.2-6-3-3-1-2, Tyson Heaton 4.1-3-1-0-0-2, Blake Stelzer 3-1-0-0-2-2, RJ Martinez 1-3-2-1-0-2, Joey Stock (W) 1-1-2-1-1-1