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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Chillicothe Mudcats' Title Hopes Take Big Blow in Omaha

  • Host Diamond Spirits sweep Monday MINK League doubleheader 4-1, 3-1. Mudcats fall to three games out in North Division with nine games left.
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  • OMAHA, Neb. — Occasionally in baseball, scoring a total of two runs in a doubleheader will be enough to get a team a split. Once in a great while, it will get you a thrilling sweep.
    Usually, though, it will get you just what it got the Chillicothe Mudcats Monday night – swept.
    Five outs away from claiming the opener of their July 14 twinbill with the host Omaha Diamond Spirit 1-0, the Mudcats were sent spiraling by Chad Shannon's 2-runs triple that catapulted the Diamond Spirit to a 4-runs sixth inning and a 4-1 triumph.
    That – and more very strong pitching by the Nebraska team – seemed to take the starch out of Chillicothe, which managed only two hits and a seventh-inning unearned run in the nightcap, which Omaha also captured, 3-1.
    Having entered the day in hopes of taking over the MINK League's North Division lead for the first time in 2014 – needing to win twice over the Diamond Spirit while leader St. Joseph lost at hungry Joplin, the Mudcats departed Monday with their dorsal fins almost flat against the wall.
    Yesterday's opposite results from what they sought leaves the Mudcats three full games behind St. Joseph's Mustangs with nine games remaining for each team, including four head-to-head.
    Chillicothe's college-level, wood-bat summer baseball club will be back at home Tuesday, hosting the Nevada Griffons in a 7:05 p.m. game to start a 2-games series with the southwest Missouri team.
    It will be Missouri Lottery Night at Chillicothe's "June" Shaffer Memorial Park stadium with the state lottery's mobile unit due to be on hand to offer fans some extra interactive opportunities and chances to win money or prizes.
    As part of the festivities, the Mudcats will be hosting another night of "Baseball Bingo" this evening, which anyone age 18 years or old can play free of charge for Missouri Lottery scratch-off tickets as prizes. The state lottery has exclusively sponsored the handful of "Baseball Bingo" nights at Shaffer Park this season.
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