Better late than never.
After being held to just two hits through five innings Wednesday, the Thomasville softball team broke through in time to edge visiting Cairo 3-1.
The first three Bulldog hitters in the sixth reached against Syrupmaid pitcher Megan Pearson and then Thomasville (8-6) got a pair of one-out singles to put the Bulldogs ahead 3-1.
After Maggie Williams and Jayla Grady singled to open the sixth — and double Thomasville’s offensive production for the day — Mattison Higginbotham reached on a bunt to load the bases with no outs. After Pearson retired Amy Latner, Halie Morgan knotted the game with an RBI single to left. Aubrey Baker followed with a two-run single to put Thomasville ahead.
“The difference is the seniors that we have,” Thomasville coach Ron O’Quinn said. “I’ve been here for six years now and that’s the best comeback by a Thomasville team that I’ve been around.
“I know it looked kind of iffy there at the beginning, but we’ve got freshmen playing and I’m saying that’s the best comeback by any Thomasville team that I’ve coached here.”
Prior to that outburst, Thomasville managed just a Latner single in the fourth and a Maddison Morgan double in the fifth against Pearson.
Cairo (3-6), meanwhile, put runners on in all but the third inning against Halie Morgan. However, the Thomasville pitcher navigated trouble, allowing just a lone run in the fourth on eight Syrupmaid hits.
“They rallied around her and that’s huge,” O’Quinn said. “We’ve got a big region game (today against Early County) and I kept telling them, ‘These are preparation steps to get ready for that.’”
In the fourth, Cairo put two runners on with back-to-back one-out hits from Lindsey Leverette and Lori Stuckey. After a Kendall York groundout advanced the runners, Sydney Harrison delivered an RBI single up the middle to put Cairo ahead. Harrison, Mackenzie Puckett and Stuckey all had two hits to pace Cairo, with Puckett doubling in the fifth.
Better late than never.
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