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Mudcats are Ozone league champions

The Mudcats took the Ozone championship Thursday night with a 15-2 win over the Riverdogs. The Mudcats took the Ozone championship Thursday night with a 15-2 win over the Riverdogs. Mark Skinner

The Mudcats faced the Riverdogs in the Ozone league championship game at Optimist Park. The Mudacts picked up the 15-2 win to claim the city championship. 

Sergio Wamble had a leadoff single for the Riverdogs in the top of the first. Bowen Barber singled home Wamble, with Barber crossing the plate before three outs ended the inning. Brady Brock doubled to get the Mudcats offense going in their half of the first. Caleb Thomas got the crowd on their feet with a two-run home run. Parker Willis also gave the fans something to cheer about, when he followed suit going yard on a solo shot of his own. Hunter Smith and Patrick Carrel were issued back-to-back walks to put runners at first and second. With two outs, Alec Basford reached on a Riverdogs’ miscue, with Smith and Carrel crossing the plate before a strikeout ended the inning. Going into the second inning, the Mudcats had a 5-2 lead. 

The Riverdogs were three up, three down in the top of the second. With one out, Brady Brock drew a walk to get things going for the Mudcats in the bottom of the frame. Caleb Thomas singled, moving Brock to second, followed by Parker Willis singling home a pair of runs. Hunter Smith wore one for the team, with Patrick Carrel drawing a walk to load the bases. Caden Calloway was hit by a pitch to score a run for the Mudcats. Garrett Lassmann waited patiently for a free pass that plated a run, followed by Alec Basford sacrificing home the Mudcats final run of the frame. After two innings of play, the Mudcats had a 10-2 lead. 

The Riverdogs were retired in order in the top of the third. With one out, Brady Brock was issued a walk for the Mudcats in the bottom of the frame. Caleb Thomas’ single moved Brock to second, with Parker Willis taking one for the team to load the bases. Hunter Smith had a two-RBI single, with Patrick Carrel reaching on an error to score a run. Caden Calloway sacrificed the final two Mudcat runs home, before the third out ended the inning. 

With two outs, Bowen Barber and Cameron Odom each reached on an error for the Riverdogs in the top of the fourth. Barber stole third, with Cameron Odom taking second before a third out left runners in scoring position. 

Congratulations to the Mudcats on their championship win and to all players, coaches and fans on their season from the publisher and staff at the Jackson County Times. 

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