First-inning double plates three to prople Fish to 9-2 home win; Chillicothe back within game of division lead.
By PAUL STURM, Constitution-Tribune Sports Editor
Leaving 18 runners on base in a baseball game that doesn’t go into extra innings usually is an ironclad method for losing. However, thanks to a Jarod Hahn-fueled fast start, for the Chillicothe Mudcats last night, it was no big deal
Combining 15 hits with eight bases on balls, three hit batsmen, and two Ozark Generals errors, the Chillicothe Mudcats college-level, wood-bat baseball team moved back to within one game of the MINK League North Division lead Sunday, July 13, with an easy-does-it 9-2 home victory set in motion by Hahn’s first-inning 3-runs double.
The win was Chillicothe’s seventh in its last eight games and 11th in its last 13.
The Mudcats’ 24th triumph in 36 2014 outings cinched a winning season, extending the franchise-long status of never having had a losing campaign in the team's 13 years of existence.
The one-sided win also improved Chillicothe’s league record to 21-12. That has it one game behind the St. Joseph Mustangs after the Ponies were shut out 2-0 by the Diamond Spirit at Omaha last night. St. Joseph’s league mark dipped to 22-11.
The Mudcats travel to Omaha for a 6 p.m. doubleheader with the Diamond Spirit Monday evening. St. Joseph meanwhile will be in Joplin for a single game with the Outlaws, who remain in a close fight for the league’s South Division title.
Chillicothe head coach Tai Mitchell expects righthanders Lucas Williams (3-0) and Caleb Bounds (3-1) to be the starting hurlers in today’s twinbill.
The Mudcats have won all four games against the Diamond Spirit thus far, but none of those have been at Omaha.
After Hahn's first-inning double gave him a 3-0 lead to work with, Chillicothe starting pitcher Mark Roberts (3-1) pitched effectively to join the burgeoning ranks of 3-games winners on the team's staff. Going into tonight’s play, five Mudcats hurlers have that wins total.
Roberts worked 6-1⁄3 innings, allowing only one earned run and one unearned on five hits and two walks.
Al Robbins shared the offensive limelight with Hahn, going three for plus while reaching base five times total. Four other Chillicothe batters had two hits apiece.