(Clarinda) -- Six pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout as the Clarinda A's beat St. Joseph in their home finale 3-0 on Sunday evening.
The Mustangs, who clinched a spot in the MINK League playoffs thanks to Chillicothe's loss on Saturday, managed just four hits and four walks, while the A's pitchers struck out 10.
Wells Davis had two hits and an RBI to lead the Clarinda offense.
The A's scored single runs in the first, third and eighth innings. Davis doubled to plate a run in the first, Travis Able's sacrifice fly scored a run in the third and an error plated the final run in the eighth.
A few pictures from the game from Joe Moore, J&C Photgraphy, Clarinda, can be seen in the gallery below.
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(Clarinda) -- The Clarinda A's are down to their final two home games in what has been a challenging season, according to Field Manager Ryan Eberly.
The A's were right around the .500 mark in MINK League play for much of the year before a week-long losing streak took them out of contention for the MINK Playoffs and a spot in this year's NBC World Series.
Adding to the frustration is the storm damage from earlier this week at Municipal Stadium, leaving the visiting team without a dugout for the final three home games of the season. The lack of a dugout didn't bother Chillicothe in the first of those games on Wednesday as the Mudcats hung on to the second spot in the north division standings with an 8-5 win over Clarinda.
The A's are just 14-25 in the MINK now and Eberly says the troubles this season started with preseason recruiting.
"We had everybody locked up before Christmas," Eberly said on Thursday's Sports Feature, "but then May first hit and suddenly we were scrambling. I think only seven or eight guys on our original roster are here. It seems every time we get two pitchers in, then two would leave. It's been an uphill battle. As far as the kids that are here, they have been great off the field, doing things in the community, so you can't ask for anything more than that."
Eberly says while they have been good off the field, he has been disappointed with the effort each night on the field.
"Effort is something you have within yourself," says Eberly. "As a young athlete, that is probably the number one thing you need to have. Whatever is in your tank, it gets emptied each night, but it just seems kids aren't willing to do that."
The A's have had a couple strong bats in the middle of the order. Eric Wagaman and Wells Davis are a pair of freshmen who lead the league in home runs and RBI.
"You hope you can get those kind of kids back," says Eberly. "Eric Wagaman is a junior college kid from Orange Coast (CA) and leads the league in RBI. Wells Davis only had three or four at-bats at South Alabama, but is tied with Wagaman to lead the league in home runs. It's a positive thing there with freshmen being able to do that. If you can get them back, you got something started with your three and four holes filled."
Eberly adds the pitching has struggled at times, saying it seems when the pitching does come together the defense struggles.
The full feature with Eberly can be heard again at around 1:45 and 6:25 on KMA 960. It's also available by clicking the audio link below.
The remaining schedule for the A's can be found below.
Friday - Omaha
Saturday - @ St. Joseph
Sunday - St. Joseph
Monday - @ Joplin (will only be played if Joplin needs game for postseason qualification purposes)
Photos courtesy of Joe Moore @ J&C Photography, Clarinda
(Clarinda) -- The Clarinda A's bullpen held Chillicothe down and kept the game close for seven innings, but a five-run third wasn't enough as Chillicothe won 8-5 in MINK League action on Wednesday.
The five-run inning for Clarinda brought the A's to within 6-5, but they couldn't score again despite a 10 hit game.
Eight of the A's starters had hits with Alex Henwood going 3 for 3 with an RBI. Eric Wagaman doubled and drove in a run for Clarinda.
Four A's relievers combined to give up just five hits and two earned runs while walking six and striking out 11 in seven innings.
The A's have their final off day of the season on Thursday before hosting Omaha on Friday.
Photos courtesy Joe Moore, J&C Photography, Clarinda