Thomasville’s astute defense that nearly notched its third straight win over Cairo on Friday was largely absent in its 9-1 loss to Bainbridge during the Bulldogs’ doubleheader at Cairo.
Thomasville accounted for five errors, allowed eight hits and struggled to keep consistency from the mound.
“Right now, kids are just playing ball,” THS coach Erik McDougald said. “I want zero stress. I want each kid to go out there and learn on an individual basis. All we’re trying to do right now is to get each guy to be the best ballplayer they can to get ready for next year.”
Bainbridge loaded the bases twice in the first inning on the heels of four hit batters, yet only mustered one run. The Bearcats widened their lead to three in the second inning with a pair of scores on an intended 6-4-3 double play by Thomasville. Bainbridge was able to bring home the two runners – Dustin Strickland and Caleb Boutwell – after loading the bases on a wild pick off attempt.
The Bearcats added another three runs in the third by virtue of a hit batter and three straight base hits; bringing the score to 7-1 to counter Thomasville shortstop Chapman O’Quinn’s RBI blooper in the top of the third.
Thomasville had consecutive three-and-out innings in the fourth and fifth, then couldn’t get anything going in the sixth after O’Quinn was caught in a pickle between second and third base.
Bainbridge brought in its final two when Grayson Heard hit into a 6-4-3 double play that brought home Will Kelly from third base in the fifth, and when Tyler Braswell hit an RBI double in the sixth.
“We were able to capitalize with some timely hits,” Bainbridge coach Brian McCorkle said. “They kind of helped us by getting some guys on and we were able to knock them in.”