ST. JOSEPH — The 2012 Chillicothe Mudcats reached the end of the line Friday, short of their goal of a fourth trip to the National Baseball Congress World Series in their 11 years.
Shrugging off a late-season collapse which cost them the MINK League's South Division regular-season title and the World Series berth that accompanied it, the Nevada Griffons impressively redeemed themselves in last week's NBC Heartland Regional, sweeping all three of their games en route to the championship.
They capped their capture of the tourney's World Series spot Friday evening with a 13-5 victory over the Chillicothe Mudcats at Phil Welch Stadium. For the second night in a row, the Mudcats allowed a big top of the first inning – three runs. This time, however, they could not get off the hook.
The defeat not only ended the Mudcats' hopes of getting to the World Series for a third time in four years via their first-ever regional-tourney title, but also ended the busiest and winningest year of their existence.
The Mudcats, who took both of their losses in last week's inaugural double-elimination tournament at St. Joseph by Nevada's hands, concluded their season with a won-lost record of 33-21. Both the number of wins and games played were club records. The most previous wins were 32 in 2008 and '09; the most games played was 51 a year ago.