Northwest Missouri State University lefthander Chase Anderson made a very strong run at the Chillicothe Mudcats' first no-hitter longer than five innings, taking a hitless performance to two outs in the seventh inning last night as the Chillicothe Mudcats continued their dominance of their non-league competition and, in the process, matched the second-longest winning streak in the club's 11-years history with a 5-0 triumph over Kansas City's Milgram Mustangs Ban Johnson League squad.
Anderson (2-2) went eight innings allowing only the scratch hit he nearly fielded in the seventh inning as Chillicothe improved to 21-15 on the season with an eighth win in succession.
Offensively, the Mudcats weren't as prolific, in terms of runs, as they have been several times during their winning streak, but did manage to produce 12 hits for the second game in a row and double-digits hits a sixth time in the past eight contests.
Chillicothe will have a chance to equal and surpass the team record for consecutive wins today when it plays a road doubleheader at Omaha, Neb., against MINK League North Division foe the Omaha Diamond Spirit. Game time for the opener is set for 5 p.m.
Mudcats head coach Eric Peterson having lefthander Jeremy Perron and righthander Ryan Lavoie slated to be his starting pitchers. Perron, a 1-1 Holy Cross freshman, has been idled since June 22 by a partially-pulled lat muscle, Peterson noted, Lavoie (2-3) last started June 26 when he lost to St. Joseph.
Following today's twinbill in Nebraska, the Chillicothe team has what essentially is a must-win doubleheader at St. Joseph Saturday. The North Division-leading Mustangs won another MINK League game last night to advance to 20-8 in the league, six full games ahead of second-place Chillicothe in the standings and still seven ahead of the 15-15 Mudcats in the "lost" column.
Peterson has lefthanders Cole Isom (4-1) and Jamie Bittle (1-2) lined up to face St. Joseph Saturday. Isom held the Mustangs to one run in 6-plus innings at St. Joseph last Sunday in a 2-1 win and Bittle threw his best game of the season to beat Sedalia 8-1 his last start.
Last night's Chillicothe victory over the Milgram Mustangs saw Anderson blaze through the first four innings perfectly, amazingly needing only 29 total pitches – all but handful of them strikes. He didn't throw a ball until the third inning.