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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Unplanned Hiatus Over, Chillicothe Mudcats Start Fast, Whip A's

  • Four runs in first inning set up MINK League win at Clarinda, Iowa, Friday; former KC Royals great Wilson to be at Saturday's home game
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  • CLARINDA, Iowa — Unexpectedly idle the previous three days, due to cancellation of a pair of non-league home games, the Chillicothe Mudcatss shrugged and went about their business right away Friday night, scoring four first-inning runs on their way to a 7-2 MINK League triumph over the host Clarinda A’s.
    Todd Czinege’s 2-runs double with the bases full and no outs highlighted the big opening frame for the visitors, who would smartly add single runs in the third, fifth, and sixth frames to keep comfortable distance between themselves and the league’s defending champs.
    Beneficiary of the offense’s early flurry was righthander Riley Echols, who squared his record at 1-1 with a 5-innings start. Relievers Josh Guerra and Adam Falcon provided four hitless innings to close it out, Guerra going three.
    Friday’s victory, in the first of four-straight games for Chillicothe against Clarinda, boosted the Fish record to 10-7 in league action and 11-7 overall. It was their eighth win in the past 11 contests – all of those in league competition. Clarinda dropped below .500 overall at 10-11, including a 5-9 league ledger.
    The same two teams will meet in Chillicothe tonight (Saturday) at 7:05.
    Putting in a special appearance at that game will be former Kansas City Royals outfielder Willie Wilson, a member of that team's Hall of Fame.
    The 1982 American League batting champion, who earned multiple AL stolen base titles, will mingle with the teams, fans, and media before the game, then provide analysis and color commentary on the Mudcats' radio broadcast and online live videocast. In the late innings, he will move to a location in the stadium's seating area where he will be available to autograph items for a $5 fee per item. He also will have copies of his new autobiography, "Inside the Park," for sale. He will sign copies of his book for free.
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