The Ozark Generals won a pair of MINK League games at Meador Park in Springfield against the Chillicothe Mudcats, dropping the Mudcats into second place in the MINK League North, one full game behind St. Joseph.
Ozark took the first game by a score of 6-5, scoring a run in the bottom of the 7th for the win. The Mudcats, after taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd, looked to be in middle-inning trouble, with the Generals scoring one run in the 3rd for the tie, then surging to the lead with two in the 4th and a run in the 5th.
However, Chillicothe rallied for the lead on the strength of a four-run top of the 6th inning. Ozark tied the game at 5 with a sixth-inning tally, before the 7th inning run for the win.
Chillicothe was not as competitive in the back end of the double dip, giving up 10 runs between the 2nd and 5th innings in falling to Ozark, 10-5. The losses drop the Mudcats record to 6-4 overall, and 5-3 in the MINK League, one game behind the 6-2 St. Joseph Mustangs. At 4-0 in league play, Ozark leads the MINK League’s Southern Division.
St. Joseph doubled up Joplin on Thursday night, 4-2. Elsewhere in the MINK League, Sedalia clipped Nevada 2-1.
The Mudcats will look to climb within 1/2 game of the Mustangs tonight (Friday night) at 7, playing at Ozark (Meador Park / Springfield) at 7 o’clock, while St. Joseph has the night off. Branson is at Nevada and Clarinda at Sedalia in a pair of Friday night 7 o’clock games.