CLARINDA, Iowa • If the Chillicothe Mudcats college-level, wood-bat baseball team intends to win the 2013 MINK League North Division baseball title, they'll likely have to solve the hex the Clarinda, Iowa, A's have held on them during the season's first half.
The Mudcats reached the midway point of their 42-games league schedule last night by suffering a fourth loss to the A's in as many meetings, falling in Iowa 8-6.
Having erased 3-0 and 6-4 deficits to be tied 6-6 after 5-1⁄2 innings, Chillicothe allowed a tiebreaking, 2-outs infield single and a bases-full walk in the bottom of the sixth to immediately fall behind again and this time could not recover.
As a result, Clarinda moved to a 2-1⁄2 games lead over the Mudcats in the MINK North with a 12-8 league mark; the A's are 17-9 overall. With a second loss to the division leaders in as many nights, the Mudcats slipped to third place in the division, a half-game behind idle St. Joseph, and below .500 in the league at 10-11. Overall, Chillicothe dipped to 14-11.
The Mudcats were rained out of their scheduled North Division doubleheader at Omaha today (Thursday). They'll return to action at home Friday, starting another 4-games weekend at "June" Shaffer Memorial Park. Sedalia will be in town for a 7:05 p.m. game Friday, followed by a doubleheader with the Ozark Generals at 6:05 p.m. Saturday, and a single game with Ozark at 5:05 p.m. Sunday.