SPRINGFIELD — The Chillicothe Mudcats didn’t make their longest trip of the 2012 regular season Sunday, but, in terms of time spent traveling compared to actually playing and especially in the way of results, it eventually may stand as the most time spent for the least action and payoff.
The Mudcats made an approximately 31⁄2-hours journey to Springfield yesterday to play barely 21⁄2 total hours of baseball and be handed their third and fourth losses in a row.
The Ozark Generals, a bottom-rung team in the MINK League’s South Division throughout the league’s several years old divisional setup, produced only seven hits again the Mudcats Sunday, but turned those and some errors and walks into four runs, enough to sweep a league doubleheader from the visiting Mudcats, 3-2 and 1-0, at Meador Park.
The twin 1-run setbacks make it four times in five outings this very young season that Chillicothe has played to a 1-run decision. After winning its season opener 5-4 over Clarinda, Iowa, last Thursday, each of its last three defeats have been by a single tally, beginning with Saturday’s 5-4 home loss to Sedalia.
The 1-4 start for this year’s Mudcats matches their poorest mark after five games in their 11-season history. The 2003 team also began 1-4 before winning three straight to reach .500 after eight contests. It eventually got to 10 games over .500 (25-15) before fading badly late in the season and finishing with a 26-22 mark under co-coaches Ryan?Hall and Shad Fish.