The Chillicothe Mudcats totaled 11 runs in the first two innings Sunday in posting a 16-4 victory against the Jefferson City Renegades in MINK League action at Vivion Field.
The game was shortened to seven innings by the run-rule.
The Mudcats scored six runs in the first on three hits, three walks, a hit-batter and an error. In the second, Chillicothe added five runs on four hits, a walk and an error. Nolan Metcalf had a two-run home run in the second for the Mudcats.
The Mudcats scored another run in the third before totaling three in the fourth and one in the seventh.
The Renegades, now on a three-game losing streak, got two runs in the bottom of the first on solo home runs by Dede Cole and Gaven Strobel.
Jefferson City got a run in the bottom of the fourth when Cole singled home Ryan Missal. The Renegades' final run came in the sixth when Sam Creed scored on a fielder's choice.
Strobel had three of the nine hits for the Renegades to improve his average to .486 for the season. Cole and Lincoln Orellana added two each. Manny Martinez took the loss for the Renegades, retiring two batters in the first. He allowed six runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks.
Colton Hoelscher pitched the next three innings, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks. He recorded two strikeouts. Xander Lovin worked the next 22/3 innings of relief, allowing a run on five hits and two walks to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Deejay Seelbach got the final two outs in the top of the seventh, one coming on a strikeout.
The Renegades (14-13 overall, 10-13 MINK) and Mudcats (18-10, 16-9) will play again tonight at Vivion Field. Game time is 7 p.m.