Chillicothe again drops game one, then wins nightcap at Omaha.
OMAHA, Neb. — The 2014 Chillicothe Mudcats college-level, wood-bat baseball team has a chance to give its organization a fifth 30-wins season in the last six years Tuesday, July 22, when it plays its season finale at Clarinda, Iowa, against the A's.
The Mudcats moved to 29-17 overall last night when they posted a third-straight doubleheader split, this time with the Omaha Diamond Spirit. Coming off similar outcomes in consecutive twinbills against St. Joseph, Chillicothe lost the opener to the Nebraska team 5-3 before claiming the wild finale 11-8.
The split double-dip left the Mudcats with a 26-17 mark in MINK League play with one game remaining.
Lefthander Robert Beltran (3-1) will go to the hill for Chillicothe at Clarinda tonight. The Mudcats will be trying for their seventh win in eight meetings with the A's this summer after losing to the Iowans in all six of their games last year.
Monday night at Omaha, Josh Ethier and Michael Klein each went three for five with a run scored to pace a 15-hits Chillicothe attack in the game two victory. Two of Klein's three hits were doubles. Adding two hits apiece were Corban Williams, Dane Fujinaka, Jarod Hahn, and Todd Czinege. Hahn had his team-high 24th run batted in and Czinege had two, giving him 23.
The victory went to Savannnah High alumnus Caleb Bounds, who allowed three runs in the first four innings before departing. Added to the team's roster just after the season began and available only a few days a week because of summer-school classes, the former North Central Missouri College hurler's record improved to 4-2, tying him with Grain Valley's Lucas Williams for the team lead in wins.
Game one had seen Chillicothe jump into a 2-0 lead before it made its first out as Czinege singled home one run, but the Omaha team whacked Klein (3-1) around even harder, the first five batters tagging him for hits as the Diamond Spirit plated four runs and never were caught.
Another former North Central Missouri College Pirates pitcher, Alex Cross, threw two hitless, scoreless innings of relief for Chillicothe.