Griffons win make-up match against Mudcats
When the wet field at Lyons Stadium proved unplayable for their game against the Kansas City Monarchs on Monday, the Nevada Griffons dialed up the Chillicothe Mudcats to see if theirs was dry enough to make up for Sunday’s postponement.
It turned out to be a good call.
Facing a potential fourth consecutive day of rain-outs, the Griffons quickly loaded up the bus, drove three hours north to Chillicothe, and eked out a 2-1 victory over the Mudcats to draw one game closer to the .500 mark.
Starting pitcher Richard Kiel held Chillicothe scoreless for the first six innings, striking out seven Mudcats on six hits along the way, before giving up an RBI single in the seventh.
Kiel was able to retire the next two batters, though, and put the rest of the game in the hands of relievers Steve Marhefke and Sebastian Kirchner — who struck out three batters apiece over the final two innings to limit Chillicothe (4-11) to its one run.
Despite being out-hit by the Mudcats 7-6 in the ballgame, Nevada’s offense had scored the two runs necessary to win it by the sixth inning.
Chase Beiter hit into a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning, plating Braeden Hinton, before Jack Swisher scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.
Hinton had two base hits in the game to lead the Griffons (9-11), while Swisher drew two walks.
After more rain on Tuesday prevented Nevada from hosting the Sedalia Bombers at Lyons Stadium, the team hit the road again that night to try and play at the other team’s stadium. However, the field there was unplayable, as well, so the game was officially postponed.