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On a night that belonged to the hitters, the Chillicothe Mudcats were able to come out on top, beating the St. Joseph Mustangs 10-8 on Friday in Chillicothe.

A Jordan Maxson double scored Derek Hussey and got the Mustangs on the board for an early 1-0 lead in the first inning.

Chillicothe answered in a big way in the bottom of the second, however.

Mustang starter Ronnie Wigginton hit the first batter he faced in the frame, and that free pass got the ball rolling for the Mudcats.

A few batters later, an errant throw on a pickoff attempt allowed another run to score.

By the time the second inning was over, Chillicothe led 4-1.

St. Joseph batters answered in the top of the third, however.

Maxson tripled scoring two, and Karl Koerper banged a three-bagger in the next at-bat driving in Maxson and tying the game 4-4.

The back-and-forth continued in the next inning as the Mudcats regained the lead, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Hussey added a triple of his own to lead off the top of the fifth inning, and the Mustangs tacked on a run when Maxson sacrificed to drive Hussey home.

Michael Matthews came on in relief of Wigginton in the bottom of the sixth, but quickly surrendered four more runs to the Mudcats as they extended their lead 10-5.

Their final two runs proved to be the clinchers.

The Mustangs scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull within two but could muster no more.

The Jefferson City Renegades, leaders of the South Division, ride into Phil Welch Stadium tonight as the Mustangs (21-9, 16-7 MINK) return home, hoping to get back on the winning track.