CHILLICOTHE — The Joplin Outlaws split a pair of games Sunday against the Chillicothe Mudcats, falling 8-3 in the opener and prevailing 7-0 in the nightcap.

CHILLICOTHE — The Joplin Outlaws split a pair of games Sunday against the Chillicothe Mudcats, falling 8-3 in the opener and prevailing 7-0 in the nightcap.
In the 7-0 victory, starter Christian Cedeno and reliever Trenton Moeller — both MINK League all-stars for the Outlaws — combined on a two-hit shutout.
Cedeno allowed one hit over four innings and he finished with six strikeouts and two walks. Making his first start after six relief appearances, the former St. Mary’s Colgan High standout and current Pittsburg State pitcher improved to 2-0 overall with a 1.55 ERA this season. He’s been sharp this season, striking out 26 and walking seven over his first 17 1/3 innings.
Likewise, Moeller has been a strong force in the bullpen and his effort Sunday night amounted to one hit allowed and two strikeouts over three innings of work. On the season, Moeller owns a 0-3 record and a 2.70 ERA with four saves and 14 strikeouts and five walks over 16 2/3 innings.
Zack Ehlen, the spark at the top of the Outlaws order, collected three hits, two runs scored, and one RBI, improving his average to .385 after a 3 for 4 performance.
Matt Delavega and Joseph Kinder each had two hits. Kinder crossed home plate twice.
Kody Gardner and Justin Blasinki each had the lone hits for the Muscats.
Chillicothe was the team who pitched it strong in the first game Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits with all three runs scored in the fifth inning.
Ehlen delivered a three-run double scoring Blake Wynn, Calem Nutting, and Kinder.
Chillicothe’s Tyler Hansen pitched a three-hitter for the Muscats.
Joplin entered the week 11-26 on the season and the Outlaws play their final home games of the season Monday and Tuesday night against the Nevada Griffons at historic Joe Becker Stadium. Premier Baseball will be coming to town starting Wednesday.